Scams are schemes to con you out of your money.
Local Authorities are reporting that scammers are pretending to be health officials or offering help to collect food or medicines which are preying on people during these uncertain times.
Don't Feed the Beast
Be careful what you share. Things aren't always what they seem online. Just because a story appears online, doesn't make it true. The internet is great, but it can also be used to spread disinformation in the form of misleading news and content.
- Source - make sure information comes from a trusted source
- Headline - always read beyond the headline
- Analyse - check the facts
- Retouched - does the image or video look as though it has been doctored?
- Error - look out for bad grammar and spelling
Types of Scams
People can often become victims of scams:
- Cold callers on the doorstop
- Cold callers over the telephone
Mendip District Council will never ask:
- Bank details
- PIN numbers
If you think someone is trying to scam you please contact Mendip District Council to verify the information - it is advisable to use a different phone (mobile or neighbour's phone) to ensure the phone call is not being held by the scammer.