Durham Constabulary

Altogether Better Policing

Protect Your Self and Others Against Covid-19 Scams

STOP!!! – Be aware of people offering or selling:

  • Virus testing kits
  • Vaccines or miracle cures – there is currently no vaccine or cure.
  • Overpriced or fake goods to protect yourself from coronavirus such as anti-bacterial products.
  • Shopping or medication collection services.
  • Home decontamination services.

CHALLENGE!!! – Question communications and encourage others to do the same.

  • Don’t be rushed into making a decision. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Only purchase goods and services from legitimate retailers and take a moment to think before parting with money or personal information.
  • Don’t assume everyone is genuine. It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you. If in doubt, speak to someone you trust.
  • If someone claims to represent a charity, ask them for ID. Be suspicious of requests for money up front. If someone attempts to pressurise you into accepting a service, they are unlikely to be genuine. Check with family and friends before accepting offers of help if you are unsure.

PROTECT!!! – Who to contact:

  • If you think you have been scammed, contact your bank first
  • For advice on scams, call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 2231133
  • To report a scam, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040

Message Sent By
Susie Blake (Police, Partnerships Officer, Durham Constabulary)