Fake Covid marshals going door-to-door ‘checking for rule breaches’ then stealing from homes when let inside, cops warn

FAKE Covid marshals are knocking people's doors pretending to check for rule breaches and then stealing from homes once inside.

Police forces and Trading Standards have reported incidents on doorsteps where fraudsters have conned members of the public using the scam.

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This comes after fake healthcare workers offered bogus virus tests to get access to homes earlier in the pandemic.

But the marshals, officially called Covid-19 secure marshals, do not have the power to enforce social distancing, issue fines or the right to enter homes, experts said.

Officials have also said that the marshals will never come to your home unannounced.

Last month Bedfordshire Police issued a warning after two men tried to enter a property in Dunstable.

The suspects said they had been told by police to enter people's homes to check corona guidelines were being followed.

They said if the man refused he would be fined, but when the resident asked them for ID, which they could not produce, he refused to let them in and kept the security chain on the door.

One of the offenders stopped the door being closed with his foot, but left the scene after the man again refused to let them inside, police said.

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has received reports of similar incidents involving people pretending to be marshals and medical professionals to get inside people's homes.

Katherine Hart, CTSI's lead officer for doorstep crime, said the pandemic-inspired crime wave could increase over winter.

She said: "These scams are shifting in their theme as the rules and regulations change with individuals now pretending to be Covid-19 secure marshals.

"Covid-19 secure marshals will never come to your door unannounced and do not have the right of entry or the right to issue fines.

"This type of scam appears in many forms, and I have also received information about individuals pretending to offer flu vaccinations on the door – a concerning development as we enter flu season.

"I am particularly concerned that elderly and vulnerable individuals may be at risk to this scam."

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