The article is in today's "Telegraph" and in brief, states that "Criminals are targeting the elderly, exploiting their fear of coronavirus to defraud them as they self-isolate - police chiefs are saying that fraudsters are knocking on doors offering to buy food, claiming to be licensed by the Government before taking off with their cash - this is happening in Wakefield. In the West Midlands the police have warned of a scam where fraudsters email victims claiming to provide a list of infected people in their area. But the links to the information lead to malicious websites or payment demands. Cyber scammers are using various methods to lure people into donating money to fake coronavirus causes. The Red Cross has warned that the people posing as volunteers offering virus tests are fake as the Red Cross are not conducting tests anywhere in the UK. Finally, Durham Police have advised that parents receiving emails offering meals to pupils are exploiting the situation.
Deputy Leader to the Council,
Cabinet Member for Community Safety
Oxfordshire County Council
Cllr. Faringdon Division (Buckland with Gainfield, Littleworth,
Faringdon, Eaton Hastings, Buscot, Coleshill, Gt Coxwell, Lt Coxwell)