Message from Leicestershire Trading Standards

Message from Leicestershire Trading Standards

Leicestershire Trading Standards Service are advising during this period of uncertainty regarding Covid-19, that there appears to be some people who are taking advantage of the situation.

They have heard reports that people are offering to buy essentials on behalf of the elderly and vulnerable who are self isolating. Instead are taking the money and not bringing any goods to them; This is theft.

Leicestershire Trading Standards Service do not want to discourage anyone from helping their neighbours or family members in this time of need, and they don't want to breed distrust in those genuine members of the community trying to assist others. They simply ask that you remain vigilant and take note of this basic advice, should someone call on your door:

- try to only liaise with someone you are familiar with,
- only buy the essentials in this manner, therefore the amount of money required is minimal,
- do not hand over a bank card - use cash only,
- if the person says they are from a community group/organisation, ask for some ID or to verify their identity by calling the organisation directly.

Evidence of more scammers taking advantage of the current situation regarding Covid-19 and who are offering door to door tests. These are not legitimate and are worthless!

Whilst it seems this has not hit Leicestershire yet, Leicestershire Trading Standards Service thought it best to keep you informed.

Please look out for your neighbours and family members who may not have access to Social Media and therefore will not be receiving this information.

Stay Safe and Stay Well – "If you see something….Say Something and Report it!"

Posted: Thu, 19 Mar 2020 09:33 by Beverley Greenwood

Tags: Community, police