Emergency services deliver fraud advice during lockdown

28/11/2020

Nottinghamshire Fire Rescue Service and Nottinghamshire Police are going above and beyond to support the local community by food and pharmacy parcels, along with fraud scam leaflets following an increase in reports.

Over 10,500 parcels containing food or medication have been delivered by firefighters across the county this year, as they teamed up with their local pharmacies, churches and community groups to take supplies to those who couldn’t get out and about.

The Fire Service will now also handout fraud leaflets following a number of reports of courier fraud throughout 2020 as the elderly and vulnerable have been targeted after being isolated during lockdown.

Fraud & Cyber Protect Officer Laura Murdock said: "Unfortunately we have had a spate of courier frauds targeting residents in Nottinghamshire with some victims losing thousands of pounds.

"Physical copies of the force's advice to keep safe from fraud are to be delivered, alongside medical and food supplies.

"We'd like to thank our colleagues within the Fire Service who continue to do some amazing things in the community to help people during this strange time.

"We hope the delivery of these leaflets will offer the vulnerable and elderly advice to make sure they aren't a victim of fraud during lockdown."

Group Manager, Andy Macey, has co-ordinated the service’s community response during the pandemic and said: “We have many stations that are actively involved in the food and medicine delivery within Nottinghamshire. We are more than happy to help delivery crime prevention advice on behalf of the force.

"I am immensely proud of the work that our firefighters and support staff have done in recent months to stay connected to their local communities, deliver essential supplies and check on those who are known to be most at risk.

“For some people, the call or visit they received from a firefighter would have been the only personal contact they had experienced for several days – that makes a huge difference to people.

“Like most organisations, we have had to rethink how we deliver our services to the community, and this is something we will continue to do - put simply, it’s about being a good neighbour to the communities we serve, reaching out to people and keeping them connected and as safe as possible in these difficult times."

You can report fraud to the police by calling 101 or reporting it directly to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040.

Please find out more information about fraud on the force's website: https://www.nottinghamshire.police.uk/fraud

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