Scam Alert

Alert message sent 01/05/2020 11:09:00

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Hello resident,
                      please see information below on  current scams.  Information supplied by Halton Trading Standards
 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 us know. Click reply to this email to tell us about it.

Scam HMRC text messages
Halton Trading Standards wants to warn residents about scam HMRC text messages currently being circulated. The text message below is a scam, which wants you click the link imbedded within it.  
The link will likely contain at least of one of three things:
Malware that may harm your device
Ransomware which locks your device and the scammer will then request a payment to release it.
Demand/request for you to supply personal details or bank account information.
HMRC never send notifications of a tax rebate or ask you to disclose personal or payment information by email or text message. Forward suspicious text messages to 60599 (Text messages will be charged at your network rate).

If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of Halton Tradfing Standards 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.
Hope this helps?
Message sent by
Paul Mines (Police, Community Support Officer, Widnes PCSO)

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