UK: Scam Artists Pretending to be Coronavirus Enforcers to Force Their Way Into People’s Houses

Allowing criminals to enter your home and rob you or whatever is a small price to pay for security against the deadly coronavirus.

Sky News:

Scammers are pretending to be COVID marshals and medical professionals so they can gain access to people’s homes.

Genuine COVID marshals don’t have the power to enforce social distancing, issue fines or enter private properties, the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has warned.

The organisation said this scam is a version of one seen over the summer, where fake healthcare professionals offered bogus coronavirus tests to get into people’s homes.

Fraudsters are shifting their tactics as rules and regulations change – and Katherine Hart, the CTSI’s lead officer for doorstep crime, said constant vigilance is needed.

She added: “This type of scam appears in many forms, and I have also received information about individuals pretending to offer flu vaccinations on the door – a concerning development as we enter flu season.

“I am particularly concerned that elderly and vulnerable individuals may be at risk to this scam.”

Ms Hart urged the public to spread this information to prevent “unscrupulous individuals from ruining the lives of those already struggling during this challenging time”.

Spread what information?

Not to let people claiming to be coronavirus enforcers into their homes?

What if they’re real coronavirus enforcers? Then you’ll just get arrested.

How are you supposed to know the difference?