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Deputy PCC takes to the road to warn people about scams

  • Last Updated: 15-06-2020 at 12:06

THE Covid-19 pandemic has also created a breeding ground for scams and fraud, the deputy police and crime commissioner has warned.

Deputy PCC Stuart Tweedale, who has been at the vanguard of raising awareness of the issue for years, said today that the virus had led to a new outbreak of scams.

Fraudsters and criminals are increasingly looking for ways to capitalise on victims who are isolated, lonely and afraid of the effects of the virus.

According to National Trading Standards new scams have included:

  • Criminals targeting older people on their doorstep and offering to do their shopping. Thieves take the money and do not return.
  • Doorstep cleansing services that offer to clean drives and doorways to kill bacteria and help prevent the spread of the virus.
  • Emails luring people to click on attachments which steal personal information, passwords, contacts and bank details at risk by offering information about people in the local area who are affected by coronavirus.
  • Companies offering fake holiday refunds for individuals who have been forced to cancel their trips.
  • There have been reports of thieves extorting money from consumers by claiming they are collecting donations for a COVID-19 ‘vaccine’.

Now Mr Tweedale is taking to the road with PCSO Nigel Wass to warn people across the county about the issue and how to protect themselves as part of the Scams Awareness Fortnight – which starts today (June 15).

He will be visiting Tesco stores throughout Lincolnshire to promote the #ScamAware message and has teamed up with Lincolnshire Police to create a leaflet to avoid residents falling prey to a “test and trace” scam.

“The coronavirus crisis means more people are facing issues - from employment and debt, to housing and health - resulting in more people being in vulnerable situations,” he said.

“In addition, the overall heightened uncertainty and anxiety caused by the pandemic is making everyone more vulnerable and more likely to fall victim to a scam. Empowering the public against scams is crucial during these uncertain times.”

The dates of his tour are:

15th June          Horncastle  9.30 – 11.30 to Midday

16th June           Lincoln Extra 9.30 – 11.30 to Midday      Tesco store south of the City 1pm – 2pm

17th June             Market Rasen 10 – 11.30 toMidday

18th June             Gainsborough 10 – 11.30 to Midday

19th June             Skegness 10am – 11.30 to Midday

22nd June            Boston  10am – 11.30 to Midday

23rd June          Holbeach 10am – 11.30                                           

24th June            Baytree Garden Centre 9.30 to 11.30am               Spalding 1pm to 2.30pm

25th June             Stamford         9.30 to 11am               Market deeping  1pm to 2.30pm

26th June             Bourne      9.30 to 11.30                 Sleaford 1pm to 2.30pm