Covid-19 Air Purifying Device Fraud

Covid-19 Air Purifying Device Fraud

Essex County Council Trading Standards is advising local businesses to be on their guard against a scam claiming that ‘Covid-19 safe air purifiers’ must be purchased as a legal requirement.

Targeted businesses have received a letter purporting to come from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy  (BEIS) stating that with effect from 3/5/2021 it is a legal requirement for air purifiers to be installed as part of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. The letter with a residential London address, offers to sell such purifiers to the recipient with a request for company details.

These letters are entirely false. There is no legal requirement for businesses to install such purifiers.

The letter warns the recipient that failure to comply with the legislation could result in a fine of up to £5,000 and includes an order form to enable the business to purchase the “8-stage air purification system” at a discounted rate.

There is no legal requirement for businesses to install such systems.

Businesses should only access advice from trusted sources, such as www.Gov.uk  and, if in doubt, contact their local authority for guidance.

Any business that receives a scam contact can report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 1232040.