October 20, 2021

Doorstep scams on the rise after lockdown, warns Which?

The latest investigation by Which? has found that doorstep fraudsters are back with a vengeance and have been using new coronavirus scams to target the most vulnerable.

According to Action Fraud data, £18.7 million was lost to doorstep crime in 2020 alone. With many in-person scams believed to go unreported, the true figures could be even higher.

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Doorstep scams can come in many forms. For example, fraudsters might offer building, gardening or home improvement services and then overcharge for or never complete the work. Fraudsters also often pose as salespeople or charity workers as a means of parting people from their hard-earned cash.

The number of reports to police for this type of fraud in April 2020…

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