West Yorkshire Trading Standards Newsletter Scam Alert 15.05.2020

This weekly alert outlines trending fraud patterns during the current COVID-19 pandemic and what we can do to stay protected.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards News Alert issue 5 15.05.2020

Outline of trending scams:

  1. Young mums facebook accounts cloned and contacts approached to ask for financial support
  2. Fraudulent Citizens Advice calls claiming to write off 70% off debts
  3. Dewsbury/Batley & Pontefract: Elderly targetted offering to clear driveway & property maintenance.



Please note: At present there is NO vaccine for the COVID-19 virus.

  • Last week, (04/05/2020 – 10/05/2020) WYTS had 45 COVID-19 complaints and queries. A further 28 intelligence reports were submitted through our intelligence database relating to COVID-19 during this time period.
  • National Covid intelligence submissions from 04/05/20 to 10/05/20 = 313
  • Yorks & Humber Covid intelligence submissions from 04/05/20 to 10/05/20 = 45 (so just over 14% of national intel)
  • West Yorkshire intelligence submissions from 04/05/20 to 10/05/20 = 28
  • Nationally there has been 4041 Covid 19 related intelligence reports submitted since 01/03/2020 to 10/05/2020.

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Always remember:

  • If you feel pressured, ask them to leave.
  • Friends and family are best to ask.
  • Don’t make any snap decisions.
  • Do the checks and use a number you have found yourself, not the one the visitor provides.

Stay Alert, Stay Safe