Volunteering During Covid-19

Protecting vulnerable people from fraud

Similarly, it is important to be mindful that this is a worrying time for everyone but particularly for the older and more vulnerable members of our society, residents will be concerned regarding fraud and scams. 

Communities are looking at ways to pull together and provide help to those who may need or want to self-isolate. While we do not wish to discourage much needed kindness, we are also aware of the opportunity this provides to rogue traders, distraction burglars, bogus callers and other criminals. To address this, the more safeguards a community group has in place the more reassurance this will provide for the recipient. 

As a volunteer or group, if a member of the public reports any concerns regarding fraudulent behaviour please ask them to report to the following; 

  • Any cold calling of doorstep traders and canvassers to the police non-emergency number 101 or the Department of Trading Standards, Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.

  • If you think you’ve been scammed, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 and contact your bank.

  • For further information refer to; https://www.hants.gov.uk/business/tradingstandards/aboutus/contactus