AN assembly member has warned residents to be aware of unscrupulous criminals who are exploiting fears over coronavirus.

National Trading Standards have reported that there are a number of coronavirus-related scams that seek to benefit from the public’s concern and uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends.

They include health supplements and anti-virus kits that claim to be able to cure people from the disease.

Darren Millar, AM for Clwyd West, said residents should look out for neighbours who may be targeted by the scams via social media or on their doorsteps.

“At a time when communities are coming together, it saddens me greatly that these criminals are exploiting this crisis to their advantage,” said Mr Millar.

“It is absolutely crucial that we do everything we can to prevent them succeeding and I therefore urge everyone, but particularly the old and the vulnerable, to be extra vigilant.”

Mr Millar said other scams could include pretending to work for a charity or offering to go to the shops without any established link to a volunteer support scheme.

“There are genuine charities providing support, so consumers should be vigilant and ask for ID from anyone claiming to represent a charity,” he added.

“These are worrying times for us all and I would hate for any of my constituents to have the additional upset of being scammed, so please be extremely cautious.”

Lord Toby Harris, Chair, National Trading Standards, said: “If you see anything suspicious, report it to Action Fraud or to speak to someone for advice, contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service.”