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Coronavirus (COVID-19) scams and staying safe

 Avoiding scams

  • Only accept help and support from people you know or from trusted services
  • Do not pledge money to support the Coronavirus cause unless you know it is going to a trusted charity
  • There will be lots of rumours and misinformation online. Only pay attention to information from trusted sources such as the council, schools, GOV.UK or NHS websites
  • If someone comes to your door offering to test you for coronavirus - even if they show what appears to be medical ID - do not admit them, then contact the police
  • Please do not place signs in your window saying you are self-isolating as this may attract people who are looking to prey on vulnerable people

Trading Standards is warning people to remain vigilant following a rise in coronavirus-related scams that seek to benefit from the public's concern and uncertainty over COVID-19. Visit National Trading Standards: Beware of COVID-19 scams.

Action Fraud are regularly updating their website with any new coronavirus related scams that are happening. Get the latest information about coronavirus related scams at www.actionfraud.police.uk/covid19

Report a scam

If someone has been targeted by a scam it can be reported to Action Fraud online at www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Helping people safely

We know people want to help others during this difficult time, and you can. But please help safely and ensure you fulfil all the necessary conditions which can be found at www.gov.uk

You can also volunteer safely through www.goodsamapp.org/nhs

Price inflations

South Tyneside Council's Trading Standards service has investigated allegations that as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, a small number of businesses are selling goods, including such necessities as food and toiletries, at higher than usual prices. Read more about Covid-19 price inflations.

Loan sharks

Loan sharks are money lenders who operate outside of the law. Read more about loan sharks

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