Thieves have also started knocking on doors claiming to be from the NHS or local GP surgeries offering tests for Covid-19. There is no such initiative being run, they are simply trying to take advantage.
Then two weeks ago, a conman forced his way into the home of an 83-year-old woman claiming he had to check her property for ‘health and safety’. He continued to bang on the door while claiming she would be arrested if she did not let him in. Once in her property, he demanded £220 from her but left empty-handed when she revealed she only had 20p on her.
“As people stay indoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19, criminals are preying on people in vulnerable situations who are isolated and living alone. There’s never been a more important time for neighbours to look out for each other,” said Louise Baxter, Head of the National Trading Standards Scams Team.