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Police: ‘Beware Covid-19 scams and rumours’

Fraudsters taking fake kits door-to-door

15 January, 2021 — By Harry Taylor

POLICE and Camden Council issued warnings this week about Covid-19-related scams and scare stories about vaccines and lockdowns.

They were investigating leaflets put through doors in Kentish Town sharing conspiracy theories.

The Met is aware of attempts to defraud vulnerable people, including “goodwill payments” to get the Covid-19 vaccine, fake lockdown fines, people selling phoney tablets or testing kits and strangers offering to do shopping for people, taking cash and never returning.

A Camden Council spokesperson said: “If you receive leaflets through your door or read anything online or via chat groups on Covid-19, please check it’s from an official, named source such as the NHS, Camden Council or the government before reading and sharing it.”

Sergeant Stuart Harvey said: “If you get an unsolicited home visit from anyone offering a service and asking for payment or to be let into your home, our advice is to immediately request and check their ID and credentials carefully. If you are not convinced or you still have suspicions, shut the door and report the matter to police by calling 101 or 999 in an emergency. “

For more crime prevention advice, visit www.met.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/fa/fraud/personal-fraud/

If you think you have been a victim of fraud or cybercrime, report it to Action Fraud online or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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