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Don't be taken in by covid-19 scams

Press Release: 23/03/2020

 
Don’t be taken in by covid-19 scams

TAMESIDE Trading Standards are warning consumers to beware of scammers who are taking advantage of the covid-19 emergency by charging vastly inflated amounts for in-demand goods.

Since it became clear that the country would have to lockdown as part of its strategy to fight the coronavirus pandemic, certain items have proved almost impossible to find. Hand-sanitiser, which used to cost £1, has been on sale for £8 or more. Similarly exorbitant sums are being asked for the children’s medicine Calpol.

Trading Standards’ advice is report any hiked goods on the Amazon website directly to Amazon, who have a system in place to deal with extortionate pricing. The Competition and Markets Authority will look into other traders who inflate prices.

Chartered Trading Standards Institute guidance on covid-19 related scams can be found at www.tradingstandards.uk/news-policy/news-room/2020/ctsi-issues-warning-over-new-covid-19-related-scams
Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council’s executive member with responsibility for enforcement, said: “It’s a sad fact that whenever a crisis occurs there’s always a small number who will try to take advantage for their own gain.

“We are doing our best to deal with the scammers and rather than give in to them, I would ask people to report them. I fully understand how much residents want items such as hand sanitiser and Calpol, but many of the items being offered are not even real, they’re counterfeit and illegal.

“I would also implore people not to panic buy. There’s enough food and other supplies in the country providing we’re sensible, do our usual shopping, and don’t buy more than we need.”
 
www.tameside.gov.uk/tradingstandards
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