Being home alone whilst self-isolating could mean some people affected by dementia are more likely to be vulnerable to financial abuse. Coronavirus-related scams can take place over the phone, online and face-to-face. Here are some tips on how to avoid them. Also, please see the information below.
Coronavirus and Scams
Be aware of scams and protect yourself and others
Be aware of people offering or selling:
• Coronavirus testing kits – these are only offered by the NHS
• 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
• Offers to clean your home of coronavirus
Protect yourself and others:
If you are unsure, check with family and friends before accepting offers of help
• Don’t assume everyone is genuine. It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. If someone attempts to pressure you into accepting a service then they are unlikely to be genuine.
• Don’t be rushed into making a decision, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
• Only buy goods or services from trusted sellers and think before parting with money or personal information.
Contact For advice on scams call the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 11 33 To report a scam call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 Contact your bank if you think you have been scammed.