Be Scam Aware
The annual 2020 Shut out Scammers campaign runs until 26 June. The campaign is coordinated by Police Scotland in partnership with Trading Standards Scotland.
The purpose of the campaign is to create a network of confident #ScamAware consumers who are able to recognise a scam, report it to the appropriate agency and talk about their experiences to help raise public awareness of scams.
The campaign this year is focusing on raising awareness of COVID-19 related scams. However we must all still be aware of other traditional scams that are continuing.
Rogue traders are still operating during lockdown and doorstep crime is particularly prevalent during the summer months, with roofing, gardening and power washing the most common services being offered. These traders often appear legitimate, sometimes by advertising their services online through company websites, glossy leaflets and social media and obtaining liveried vehicles and work wear with company logos.
The Police and Midlothian Trading Standards are warning Midlothian residents to be wary after an incident in Roslin this week where two elderly residents were targeted by bogus workmen claiming to be roofers. They falsely claimed these residents needed essential repair work carried out and then tried to charge them several hundreds of pounds for the work. Luckily no money was paid to them but the worry is that they will move on to another target.
If you have any concerns
- Call 101 to report any suspicious activity
- Call 999 and ask for the police if you feel scared or threatened
- For free message alerts from key information providers on incidents and crime prevention in your area, go to Neighbourhood Watch
- Want advice on your consumer rights? Go to your local Citizens Advice Bureau or call the Advice Direct Scotland Helpline on 0808 164 6000
- To report a matter to Trading Standards call Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000
Protect yourself and others
Midlothian Council Leader, Councillor Derek Milligan said:
“This annual Shut Out Scammers campaign offers a great opportunity for us all to find out more about how scammers operate so we can be empowered to protect ourselves and others. If you have been scammed or are concerned about potential scammers then don’t hesitate to report it on 101 or call Trading Standards.”