Information regarding current scams relating to the current pandemic which local residents should be aware of.
We have been alerted that some criminals or unscrupulous traders may be taking advantage of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The below information will help you understand what might be a scam, the e-bulletin which has been released has information on current scams which take advantage of the pandemic. The Neighbourhood Alert system will help keep you in touch with what is going on in your local area at this time.
Our partners Citizens Advice Scotland have compiled a useful tool to help identify if something is a scam or not. The online tool asks a list of questions and then provides you with information identifying whether it is a scam or otherwise. The scam checker can be accessed at Citizens Advice Scotland's website.
West Dunbartonshire Council Trading Standards along with our partner agency Trading Standards Scotland would like to encourage local residents to sign up to a new weekly e-bulletin, Scam Share.
Scam Share looks to advise local residents of current and on-going scams. Scam Share will be updated by Trading Standards Scotland and Trading Standards departments across Scotland to highlight and advise on scams that are reported to us to help you identify if someone is targeting you, a family member or a neighbour as a potential scam victim. To sign up to this newsletter simply visit the Scam Share webpage and add your email address.
In addition to Scam Share local residents can sign up to the Neighbourhood Alert system, this is another method for staying up to date with relevant issues that are local to you. The neighbourhood alert system is updated by partners in Police Scotland, Trading Standards, Fire and Rescue and Utility Companies all provide alerts to this system and with real time alerts allowing the 700,000 individuals signed up to the service know what issues are affecting their local area.
You can sign up by visiting the Neighbourhood Alert System website.