LOCAL MSP WARNS OF INCREASE IN SCAMS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

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LOCAL MSP WARNS OF INCREASE IN SCAMS DURING COVID-19 CRISIS

Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey has encouraged people in Rutherglen and Cambuslang to be aware of scams and fake news following an increase in reports of criminals trying to exploit the coronavirus pandemic.

Across the UK, there is evidence fraudsters are increasingly targeting members of the public, as well as organisations of all sizes, with emails, texts, telephone calls, social media messages and online shopping scams relating to the outbreak.

Police Scotland have now launched a new Shut Out Scammers resource to protect the public and businesses from COVID-19 related scams.

Commenting, Clare Haughey MSP said:

“While the community response in Rutherglen and Cambuslang to the coronavirus outbreak has been overwhelmingly positive, it’s disappointing to see a few individuals taking advantage of the situation with unsolicited emails, phone calls and text messages.

“During this crisis, everyone should take extra care to ensure that they only share information from trusted sources, and never hand over any personal information.

“People must remain vigilant against scams throughout this challenging time and report any suspicious activity to the relevant authorities.”

Over the past week, South Lanarkshire Council has repeatedly been warning residents against scams on social media.

If you’ve been the victim of a scam, South Lanarkshire Council’s Consumer and Trading Standards team are urging people to email them on consumer.enquiries@southlanarkshire.gov.uk or call 0303 123 1015.

ENDS

Notes:

Shout Out Scammers campaign:

https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/personal-safety/shut-out-scammers

South Lanarkshire Consumer and Trading Standards Facebook:

Published: 23rd April 2020

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