PUBLIC ENCOURAGED TO BE VIGILANT AND REPORT SCAMS
MSP for Edinburgh Eastern, Ash Denham has encouraged people in the Capital to be aware of scams and fake news following an increase in reports across Scotland about scam emails, text messages, and doorstep callers.
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. While the charity Crimestoppers Scotland has warned that doorstep criminals are cunning, creative, and often very convincing at targeting people – especially bogus callers and rogue traders.
Police Scotland have now launched a new Shut Out Scammers resource to protect the public and businesses from COVID-19 related scams. The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has also launched an email reporting service, which the public can use to report any suspicious activity.
Ash Denham MSP said:
“While the community response to the coronavirus outbreak in Edinburgh has been overwhelmingly positive, it’s disappointing to see a few individuals taking advantage of the situation with unsolicited emails, phone calls, text messages and doorstep calls.
“During this coronavirus crisis, everyone across the Capital should take extra care to ensure that they only share information from trusted sources, ask for identification from all doorstep callers, and never hand over any personal information.
“It’s vital that we remain vigilant against scams during this challenging time and report any suspicious activity to the relevant authorities.”
Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111