WARNING: Scam letters sent to businesses offering ‘COVID Air Purifiers’

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Businesses are being warned about a scam letter advising them to purchase ‘COVID Safe air purifiers’ as a legal requirement.

Wrexham Trading Standards is warning businesses of this scam, and there is no legal requirement for businesses to install such purifiers.

The letters, which claim to come from the ‘Covid Safe Taskforce’ as part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, falsely state that all businesses have a legal requirement to buy the air purifiers by May 3, 2021.

The purifiers are said to cost £123.80 each and businesses are being advised they must have a minimum of two devices, up to a maximum of 10, depending on the business type and size of premises.

Businesses are then asked to complete an application form to order and that someone will be in touch by phone to complete the payment.

“We are aware of scammers sending BEIS headed letters to businesses telling them that, by law, they need to purchase air purifiers to comply with #Covid19 rules,” said The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial strategy (BEIS).

“This is not true.

“If you receive a letter, please report it to Action Fraud UK.”

If you think you may have been the victim of fraud or cyber-crime, you should report this to Action Fraud via their website or by calling 0300 123 2040.

Ellis & Co Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers, Chester & Wrexham - 01244 343504, info@ellis-uk.com