Published: 23rd Mar 2020

Elderly and vulnerable residents self-isolating are at risk of being exploited by strangers and cold callers posing as helpful neighbours in order to scam them, the Local Government Association has warned. The LGA, which represents councils across England and Wales, is concerned that fraudsters are preying on the fear created by the coronavirus and the need for the elderly and vulnerable to reduce social contact. It is urging residents not to accept services from strangers or cold callers, whether in person, on the phone or online, who offer to run errands, collect prescriptions and do shopping and ask for cash up front, or a credit card and its PIN. An LGA spokesman said councils have already seen a number of coronavirus-related scams involving fraudsters knocking on the doors of the elderly and impersonating either council officers or health officials offering mandatory coronavirus testing. The intention of these fraudsters is to … (To read the full article, subscribe below)