Advice from Neighourhood Watch – there is always one dodgy one!


Dear Watch Member,

In these unprecedented times, the spirit shown nationally, to help each other, has been tremendous, however sadly I need to make you aware of opportunists

Yesterday we received reports of opportunists taking advantage of the current Coronavirus pandemic, by posting flyers through doors in Bishops Stortford, requesting food donations for the YMCA foodbanks, unfortunately it’s sad to report that this is a scam.

The YMCA have not been involved in this initiative.

Be aware that opportunists and criminals can take advantage of the elderly and vulnerable who are self-isolating.

Anyone being offered “kindness” by cold callers by way of running errands, collecting prescriptions and doing shopping should not accept services from strangers who may ask for cash up front, a credit card and its PIN, or gain trust simply to execute a more elaborate scam. e.g. to access savings.

Most people offering to help elderly people in their neighbourhood are genuinely kind, honest and caring.

The elderly self-isolating will be stuck for food, supplies and someone to talk to if they don’t have friends, family or a nearby neighbour that they already know.

If everyone makes contact now with their nearest elderly neighbours WHO THEY ALREADY KNOW and gives them their phone number and offer of help for when they need it, it will reduce the chances of them accepting help from a stranger who may turn out to be an opportunist, confidence trickster and thief.

If you are suspicious that fraudulent activity is underway, please call the Police on the non-emergency number 101 and inform Action Fraud on

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