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Crime Prevention Advice

Alert message sent 04/05/2020 16:20:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch

My colleague in Wycombe circulated this helpful message, so I copy it to you with gratitude to Geoff Pegg:

We have been made aware of a number of scams and areas of concern relating to the   Covid-19 virus.  Here are just a few things for us all to be aware of and share with our neighbours, friends and family:
  • Claims that the Council needs to enter your home to do a ‘deep clean’ > simply not true
  • Offers of refunds on taxes etc re COVID-19 are just a scam to get your bank details
  • Offers of investment opportunities to take advantage of the COVID-19 financial downturn
  • Fake products offering protection against COVID-19 > the best protection is to STAY AT HOME
  • Mobile phone apps claiming to give updates on the virus > they block your phone and then demand a payment to release it
  • Beware of people offering to do your shopping and taking money, then not returning
  • Don’t give cash, bank details or PIN numbers to anyone you don’t know
  • Banks and the Police will NEVER ask for your account details over the phone
  • Be sceptical > if you’re unsure about a new contact by phone, email or at the door just hang up, delete, or shut the door.
  • Offers of commercial supplies of coronavirus ‘home testing kits’.  They may not even exist!
If you have real concerns call the police on 101 (999 in emergencies only) or speak to Trading Standards on 01296 388788.


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David Alder (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley)

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