POLICE and fraud agencies have issued advice to avoid an increase in doorstep crime during the coronavirus outbreak.
They stressed that victims of scams come from all sorts of backgrounds and urged residents to follow tips to stay secure.
A police spokeswoman said: “At challenging times like this, we see the community spirit of South Yorkshire people demonstrated in many ways.
“We know that groups are setting up all over the county to offer support to people who are isolating.
“While in the vast majority of these cases, the individuals will be well intentioned, there may be some who see this as an opportunity for their own criminal gain.”
She added: “People carrying out shopping on behalf of you, or a loved one, will at some point need to be paid.
“If you give them cash, how do you know they will come back with the goods? If you give them your bank cards, they have access to all of your funds.”
Action Fraud and Age UK created a video on doorstep fraud, suggesting a way of remembering how best to protect yourself and your loved ones.
They also issued the following advice:
Stop – never do anything you do not want to or make decisions on the spot
Check – Check for ID but remember many are community volunteers so would not necessarily have ID
Ask – Take a second opinion from someone you trust
Mine – If they ask for your card or Pin, remember this is very personal information which should not be shared
Share – If you come across a scam, share your experience with others if possible to prevent them from being scammed.