The most vulnerable in Worcestershire are still being targeted by scams

Published Tuesday, 31st March 2020

We’re aware that people are still targeting vulnerable people who are self-isolating to make fraudulent offers of help.

The County Council would therefore, like to remind people to try and use existing or trusted community groups, including family, neighbours and friends for any help you might need. 

Our advice is, if you’re not sure about the offer of help, then ask the person to leave their details and talk to someone you trust about it.

Councillor Adrian Hardman, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Adult Social Care, said: “An increasing number of people and groups are coming forward to offer support during the Coronavirus outbreak, which is much needed. 

“Most of these offers are genuine, but it’s important to take the usual precautions when offered help and support, if in doubt check with someone you trust.”

The Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board (WSAB) is a partner working closely with the Council to help vulnerable people stay safe whilst they self-isolate. 

Derek Benson, Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board (WSAB) Chair, said: “During the current Coronavirus situation, we are seeing many examples of community spirit and neighbours looking out for each other. This is good to see.

“However, there have been occasional instances of people seeking to take advantage by scamming money from others, pretending to do their shopping or run errands for them. The WSAB is encouraging people to take care of themselves and where possible only take offers of help from people they know; family, friends or trusted neighbours. We would also strongly recommend that people do not share their cashpoint card or number.”
   
The County Council recently launched a community action campaign called “Here 2 Help” to provide help and support to those who need it, and to encourage residents to support their local communities during these testing times.

Anyone who would like to volunteer, should contact us in the first instance via our Here2help website, please visit the here2help pages on the Council's website.   www.Worcestershire.gov.uk/here2help