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Alert message sent 29/04/2020 14:11:00

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 Warning: Flyers posted through doors offering ‘Stay safe packs’
Halton Trading Standards wants to warn residents about flyers that have been posted through people’s doors in Widnes, which offer packs of face masks, surgical masks, gloves and hand sanitiser.
We have spoken to the trader concerned who has stated that he does not have any of these items in stock or available for delivery. The business has ceased promoting the products and taking any orders.
We are concerned about anyone selling personal protective equipment (PPE) in this manner during a global pandemic. As highlighted in the press, there is a lack of PPE in the country and PPE sold door-to-door will not necessary meet the high standards required under UK law. Users of substandard PPE will be unaware that the product is not providing the expected protection, thus increasing their risk of contracting the virus.  
If you receive a flyer, text, email or phone call from somebody you don’t know who is offering PPE, hand sanitiser, face masks or anything else they claim protects you from Covid-19, please let Halton Trading Standards know.
If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of our specialist officers, Linda or Sue on 0151 511 8785 or 0151 511 8775, who are already working with people in Halton who have lost thousands of pounds to scams.
If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline  or 0808 223 1133

Kind regards
pcso 21122 Maggie Sumner
widnes police station.
Message sent by
Margaret Sumner (Police, PCSO, Widnes LPU)

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