The Sanderstead Safer Neighbourhood team writes,
We know that groups are setting up all over the country to offer support to people who are isolating. Whilst in the vast majority of these cases, the individuals will be well-intentioned, there may be some who see this as an opportunity for their own criminal gain.
The easiest way of remembering how best to protect yourself and your loved ones if someone comes to your door offering help.
Stop – never do anything you don’t want to or make any decisions on the spot
Check – Check for ID but remember most of these are community volunteers so wouldn’t necessarily have ID. There is no way of knowing whether they are legitimate
Ask – Ask someone you trust for a second opinion, or ask them if they can provide the support you need.
Mine – If they ask for your card or your pin, remember this is very personal information which should not be shared
Share – If you come across a scam, share your experience with others if possible to prevent them from being scammed.
Doorstep fraud is a crime. It happens to a wide range of people with all sorts of backgrounds. Please report it if it happens to you.
Watch out for scam messages:
Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details.
If you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases.
For more information on how to shop online safely, please visit: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/shoponlinesafely