Residents warned to ignore and report coronavirus scam leaflet: Photo of scam leaflet-2

06 Nov 2020

Public Health

Residents warned to ignore and report coronavirus scam leaflet

People living in Bristol are being warned by the council's Trading Standards team to not engage with a company that have posted a leaflet containing false and misleading information relating to COVID-19 that has been circulated to homes recently.

The team has received reports from several residents regarding the leaflet, which contains false information about ‘bacteria that attracts COVID-19’, ‘Corona removal officers’, and home plumbing and cleaning standards. This leaflet is not endorsed by the council, Government or NHS.

Sarah Saunders, Team Leader for Trading Standards, said: “It’s very concerning to discover that this false and misleading leaflet is being circulated in Bristol, and we are now investigating these claims.

“If you receive a flyer, text message, email or phone call from somebody you don’t know who is offering cleaning services or anything else that claims to protect you from COVID-19, please be extra vigilant and contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline or call: 0808 223 1133.”

You can find more information on COVID-19 scams here: https://www.nationaltradingstandards.uk/news/beware-of-covid19-scams/.