Grenfell Tower: Fraudsters cashing in on grief by contacting victims with fake goods and services

Grenfell Tower: 'Fraudsters contact victims about fake goods and unnecessary services'

It is thought some fraudsters are contacting Grenfell Tower fire victims

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The UK's national fraud policing agency is warning that traders are posing as council officials and fire prevention professionals to defraud victims of the Grenfell Tower fire with unnecessary goods and services.

Action Fraud says the scammers are visiting or cold-calling victims and offering them services, using the fact they were affected by the fire as a reason for the contact.

They offer services such as safety inspections on properties or goods that don’t exist.

The Action Fraud warning continues: "Fraudsters have been known to use incidents or disasters that have been in the news to make themselves look convincing and prompt victims into paying out.

"Intelligence also suggests fraudsters may be trying to contact companies or organisations and claiming to offer contracts to provide services or goods to protect their home or building from a similar incident from happening."

There has not yet been any reports of people losing money due to the traders, however Action Fraud are urging people to come forward and support anyone deemed as suspicious.

Anyone who feels they may have been scammed can contact Action Fraud by visiting http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/.