Bedfordshire Police urged public to beware coronavirus door to door scams

Callers claiming to have vaccines have been operating in the area

By Clare Turner
Friday, 20th March 2020, 4:52 pm
Updated Friday, 20th March 2020, 4:53 pm

Beds Police are warning the public not to fall victim to scams after callers claiming to be selling coronavirus vaccines have been trying to trick householders.

The police fear thieves may see this period as a prime time to carry out distraction burglaries as vulnerable adults and elderly people are spending more time at home following isolation guidance.

And they are asking for your support, by encouraging the public to remind elderly and vulnerable relatives, friends and neighbours to take extra care when answering the door to people they don't know.

Where possible only answer the door if you know a family, friend, carer or pre-arranged tradesperson is visiting

In a statement from police, a spokesman said: "We have been made aware of people knocking on doors, claiming to be selling vaccines and supplies for COVID-19. Please do not fall victim to these scams, such items do not exist. For any information of COVID-19, for medical advice and what you can do, please refer to the NHS website."

People are being asked to follow the following advice:

*Where possible only answer the door if you know a family, friend, carer or pre-arranged tradesperson is visiting. Consider installing a door chain and always keep it on.

*If unsure of the visitor’s identity always ask for their ID first and telephone the company they are claiming to be from. Use the telephone numbers listed in your local directory or provided independently by your service provider.

*If someone is offering a service, make sure you discuss any work you feel needs carrying out on your property with a relative or friend who can help you find a reputable trader.

*Never agree to any work or sign anything on the spot. Do not be pressured into having any work carried out.

*Report any suspicious behaviour by calling 101.