Posted on: Thursday 19 March 2020
It has been brought to the attention of the council’s trading standards team that rouge traders may be diversifying and offering to undertake shopping on behalf of vulnerable individuals who are self-isolating. Although this may appear to be a nice gesture, there are concerns that they have ulterior motives. This could be financial exploitation to overcharge people or to secure card and pin numbers.
It is likely that rogue traders will create a list of vulnerable individuals for future use as targets and potentially sell this information to others.
In order to protect some of the most vulnerable in our society we ask residents to be vigilant and adhere to the following advice:
- Try to use only trusted people (friends, neighbours of family members)
- Do not give pension books or card details to anyone you do not know or trust.
- Do not allow unknown visitors into your homes unless you have a prior arranged appointment.
- If you are able to shop online, consider this as an option.
The council provides a community meals service for people living in their own homes who are unable to prepare their own meals. Although many of those who use the service are older people, the service is open to anyone who is unable to prepare a meal because of frailty, illness or disability, subject to our eligibility criteria.
The community meals service can be arranged for varying lengths of time. Some people use the service for a short time after coming out of hospital or while their carer is away; others use the service on a long-term basis.
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