During this period of uncertainty regarding Covid-19, it appears there are some people who are trying to take advantage of the situation and are trying to use fear of coronavirus to promote false services.
The type of services being advertised are disinfection services to driveways and other objects found external to people’s homes, including gates and grab rails.
To appear more legitimate, businesses may also claim they use government-approved disinfectants for these services and that they’re endorsed by an official Government body.
Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards would like to stress that people are still to follow the guidance issued by the Government in respect to self-isolation and social distancing measures. These types of advertisements are misleading you into the services you think you may need.
We always advise residents not to purchase goods or services at the front door and this is even more important during these unprecedented times.
Please be aware of any suspicious services being advertised at the door or online through social media sites.
If you’ve been a victim of fraud or cybercrime, please report it to Action Fraud at their website, www.actionfraud.police.uk, or by calling 0300 123 2040.
You can also report a trader to Trading Standards, or obtain consumer advice, by contacting the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 11 33.
For anyone concerned about Covid-19, please visit www.nhs.uk for the latest advice.
Nottinghamshire County Council Trading Standards