Kingston and Sutton Shared Services Trading Standards team have removed hundreds of eBay listings that posed a risk to public health and safety during the Covid-19 pandemic.
This week officers identified and liaised with officers from Westminster Trading Standards and eBay to take down over 700 listings. More than 500 were for the unlawful sale of the UK Government official Face Mask Exemption and Badges, with many sellers advertising bulk buy lots with anti-covid messages undermining public health controls. The team continues to monitor both physical retail premises for compliance with the Coronavirus Health Regulations as well as online sales as part of their community protection role.
This leaflet explains about the Covid-19 vaccination, who is eligible and who needs to have the vaccine to protect them from Coronavirus.
Cyber criminals are preying on fears of the coronavirus and sending ‘phishing’ text messages that try and trick users into clicking on a bad link.
We know that many people have suffered reductions in income – losing up to 20% of income if on furlough or possibly considerably more if moving from employment to Universal Credit. We are also concerned that some Sutton families who have not so far been subjected to the Universal Credit benefit cap, will be capped very soon. The Universal Credit regulations give many people a nine-month grace period from losing employment before the benefit cap takes effect. People who lost their jobs nine months ago, at the beginning of the pandemic may therefore be impacted by the benefit cap – facing further a reduction in income. Benefits may be further reduced in April if the government does not maintain the £20 per week covid 19 uplift.
5,478 reports of DPD phishing emails were made in November 2020, an increase of 655% when compared to the previous month. Action Fraud has also received 166 reports of suspicious DPD text messages between June and November this year, with a total, reported losses of £139,000. Reporting volumes and losses are continuing to increase in the run up to Christmas, with a further 35 reports with a reported loss of £103,000 recorded in the first 8 days of December 2020.
Fraudsters are using fake DPD messages to lure victims into a phishing scam. Please find attached police advice.