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Warning over new Covid scam doing the rounds in Highlands

By Gavin Musgrove

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Highland Council trading standards officers are warning businesses in the strath to be on their guard for a new coronavirus scam.

Letters are circulating the region advising companies of a change in the law and compelling them to purchase Covid-19 safe air purifying devices or risk facing a £5000 fine.

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.

It 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.

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

Mark McGinty, the council's 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."

Members of the public wishing advice on a particular matter can also contact Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000 or visit their website here

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