Doorstep scammers exploiting Covid pandemic, says Which? | Scams


Fraudsters are using new scams related to the Covid pandemic to target vulnerable people on their doorstep, an investigation by the consumer group Which? has found.

It has heard of people claiming to be from local NHS services offering fast-track testing and vaccines, selling vitamin pills that supposedly protect against Covid, and collecting donations for fake charities.

Rogue traders have also used the pandemic as an opportunity to revive traditional doorstep scams such as offering building, gardening or home improvement services that they overcharge for or never complete.

A survey of 1,186 Which? members carried out in February this year found that 16% had received unsolicited visits from someone claiming to be a salesperson or charity worker since the start of the first lockdown. Some said they felt the visitor tried to pressure them into making a purchase or donating money.

According to data from Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for…

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