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Plumtree Parish Council

Consumer advice and scam alerts

Added on 12 February 2021

Nottinghamshire County Council have sent out a new bulletin giving consumer advice and scam alerts. The bulletin includes:

COVID -19 vaccine scams

Criminals are using the COVID-19 vaccination programme to take advantage of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

When it is your turn to have the vaccine, the NHS will contact you by letter, and will never:

  • Ask for payment – the vaccine is free
  • Turn up at your home to offer the vaccine in exchange for payment
  • Ask you to send documents or provide bank details to prove your identity

Romance scams

Your perfect match could be just a swipe or a match away, but so could a scammer... While the majority of online dating profiles are genuine, scammers are known to create fake profiles as a way to target people, so as Valentine's Day approaches, remember to:

  • Only use reputable dating sites
  • Avoid giving away too many personal details
  • Never send money or give your bank details to someone you've only just met online

Friends Against Scams

Did you know that only 5% of scams are reported and that around 53% of people over the age of 65 have been targeted by scams?

A new group called Friends Against Scams, is a national trading standards initiative offering online learning on the types of scams and how to spot and support a victim. This training is FREE and is open to everyone!

Use button batteries safely

Button batteries power your car key fobs, remotes, and children’s toys to name a few, and though small in size, button batteries can still be dangerous, particularly if swallowed by a child. 


Click here to view the full bulletin.