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Residents urged to be scam aware

Article date - 30 April 2020

Residents are being urged to be wary of scammers and fraudsters who are still operating during the coronavirus pandemic.

Councillor Jeanie Bell, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said:

“There’s a lot of goodwill and kindness in St Helens in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, but sadly criminals are still trying exploit others, coaxing people into buying goods or services that don’t exist, or attempting to obtain their personal details.

“Criminals want to steal your money or your personal information. They do this by calling unannounced at your door, phoning, texting, emailing or advertising on social media, often pretending to represent a known charity or organisation.

“Please take care, take a moment to think before parting with your money or personal information.”

Follow these tips to protect yourself from being scammed.

For more information visit www.FriendsAgainstScams.org.uk. If you require advice on dealing with doorstep traders, call 0808 223 1133.

If you think you’ve been targeted by a fraudster, contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or via actionfraud.police.uk.

To report a crime, always call 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, you can call 101 in a non-emergency, or contact @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK on Twitter.