Police issue warning over scammers exploiting coronavirus crisis

Police in Richmondshire have issued a warning over scammers using the coronavirus outbreak to take money from the vulnerable.

Police say criminals have been cold calling on the elderly and vulnerable and saying they get some shopping for them.

They are then asking for money, but failing to bring back the shopping.

A police spokesperson said: “It has become apparent over the last 24 hours that individuals are exploiting the good community networks being created following the current coronavirus situation.

“Communities are coming together with various projects to try and support the elderly and vulnerable in our communities who may be self isolating or struggling to get out to obtain shopping and provisions.

“Sadly we are getting reports of suspicious persons cold calling the elderly and vulnerable and offering to get shopping for them asking them to hand over cash to buy such items.

“Should anyone get such a call please do not engage and politely close the door.

“Only engage with trusted people you know and certainly don’t hand over cash, credit cards, cheque books or let people into your home. Should you have any issues or need further advice please contact 101.”