Information and advice on how to stay safe during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Below is some important information on how you can access support and safeguard yourself against scams during the coronavirus outbreak.
Unfortunately not everyone out there is trustworthy and some people will try to take advantage of this unusual situation our society is facing and try to exploit people.
Listed below are some of the scams that you could be approached with, but please note that criminals and their scams come in all shapes and sizes, and they may contact you at the door, by phone, post or online:
We have received reports of people locally, who are trying to scam the elderly/vulnerable by knocking on their doors and asking if they can check their Lifeline equipment.
On our welfare calls, we will reiterate that the customer is not to open the door to anyone they are not expecting and that no one is currently completing any visits to check Lifelines, even if a prior appointment is made.
Hints and Tips
To avoid becoming a victim of a scam, we’ve please follow our tips and advice below:
Be cautious and listen to your instincts. Don’t be afraid to hang up, bin it, delete it or shut the door Take your time; don’t be rushed
If someone claims to represent a charity, ask them for ID. Be suspicious of requests for money up front. Check with family and friends before accepting offers of helps if you are unsure
If you are online, be aware of fake news and use trusted sources such as .gov.uk or NHS.uk websites. Make sure you type the addresses in and don’t click on links in emails
Only purchase goods from legitimate retailers and take a moment to think before parting with money or personal information
Know who you’re dealing with - if you need help, talk to someone you know or get in touch with your local Council on the numbers below
Protect your financial information, especially from people you don’t know. Never give your bank card or PIN to a stranger
We know it can be difficult to know who to trust, and we hope this information helps you to feel more informed and more able to protect yourself against these types of scams.
Lincolnshire Housing Partnership Limited registered as a charitable Community Benefit Society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 with registered number: 7748. Data Protection registration number: ZA345449
Registered Office: Westgate Park, Charlton Street, Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, DN31 1SQ