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Coronavirus tests scam

We have been made aware of the possibility that people might be calling at people's homes offering to test them for coronavirus.

This is a scam by people who are trying to gain access to your home.

We can confirm that there is absolutely no testing being carried out outside of medical facilities, and certainly not in people's homes, either by the NHS, Gateshead Council or The Gateshead Housing Company.

If someone comes to your door offering to test you for coronavirus - even if they show what appears to be medical ID - do not admit them, then contact the Police.

Please do not place signs in your window saying you are self-isolating as this may attract people who are looking to prey on vulnerable people.

Please alert friends, neighbours and family members who might be at risk.

School meals scam

The Department for Education have been informed some parents have received an email stating the following:

'As schools will be closing, if you're entitled to free school meals, please send your bank details and we'll make sure you're supported'.

This is a scam email - it is not from a local authority. Please do not respond to it, and delete immediately.

Read the government guidance which explains what schools should do to make sure eligible pupils have continued access to free school meals. 

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