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Local businesses must beware of Covid-19 air purifier device scam


By David G Scott

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Highland Council Trading Standards is warning businesses in the region that letters advising them of a change in the law and compelling them to purchase Covid safe air purifying devices or risk facing a £5000 fine, is a scam.

The two-page letter purports to be from Covid Task Force, part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and carries its logo. The letter pretends to be sent to all UK businesses advising of a change in the law making it a legal requirement for air purifiers to be installed as part of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Business owners are advised to be wary of scam Covid letters doing the rounds just now.
Business owners are advised to be wary of scam Covid letters doing the rounds just now.

The letter includes an offer to sell purifiers to the recipient with a request for company details.

Mark McGinty, Trading Standards team leader, said: "These letters are entirely false. The intention of the scammer here is to con businesses out of their money and to obtain their personal information to commit fraud.

"I urge any Highland business who receives a letter advising them it is a legal obligation to purchase Covid air purifiers, to not give out any personal information, particularly bank account details and to dispose of the letter. Businesses are advised to only access advice from trusted sources, such as www.gov.uk and, if in doubt, contact Trading Standards for guidance."

Businesses wishing advice on scam avoidance should in the first instance visit the Highland Council Trading Standards Covid-19 website.

Members of the public wishing advice on a particular matter can contact Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000 or visit https://consumer.advice.scot

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