Highland Council Trading Standards launches webpage on COVID-19 Scams

It has become apparent that in the wake of the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, individuals and organised groups of criminals are now operating to attack the economy and wealth.  Highland Council Trading Standards have today launched a webpage on the Highland Council website aimed at both consumers and businesses to identify the scams known to Trading Standards and our partners.  The webpage can be found at www.highland.gov.uk/tradingstandards 

David MacKenzie, Trading Standards Manager states, “It is clear that scammers are now seeking to capitalise on the current COVID-19 coronavirus, by attempting to take advantage of consumers and businesses at this difficult time.  These are blatant attacks on the economy and attacks on ordinary consumers at a time of great uncertainty.  The purpose of this webpage is to focus on the scams associated with COVID-19 coronavirus, to make available advice to business at this time, and to provide a link to wider information for consumers and businesses alike.”  

The advice from Highland Council Trading Standards is to be extra vigilant at this time.  Scammers will go to great lengths to convince you to part your money and scams are evolving all the time.  The Trading Standards webpages will be updated on an ongoing basis to keep consumers and businesses informed. 

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

Highland based businesses wishing advice should contact Trading Standards directly by email at trading.standards@highland.gov.uk.


20 Mar 2020