More than just a meal: residents to be served up scam awareness tips

09 July 2020

Residents receiving meals at home deliveries will now be served up an extra course in the form of scam advice.

A scam awareness leaflet will now be included with every delivery thanks to a partnership formed between County Enterprise Foods and the council’s Trading Standards Team to reach those most vulnerable to scams in Nottinghamshire.

Delivery staff will build on their trusted reputation to deliver the leaflet highlighting known coronavirus scams as well as a reminder to check with friends and family if something doesn’t seem right.

Councillor John Handley, Vice-Chair of the Communities and Place Committee, said: “This is an excellent partnership between two council services which are going the extra mile to protect the people of Nottinghamshire.

“Scams hope to take advantage of the most vulnerable in our communities and unfortunately the coronavirus outbreak has become the focus for many of these.  

“Our Trading Standards Team is aware of a number of coronavirus-related scams in operation and while awareness is raised through social media and the local press, we recognise that those who may be more vulnerable cannot be reached through these channels. 

“Our meals at home staff have a great rapport with those they deliver to and will build on this to help protect our communities from scams.”

If you are concerned about a scam or have been a victim of a scam, you should report this to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.

Scam advice can also be found on our website: https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/business-community/trading-standards/consumer-advice/scams

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