The Corona crisis is forcing many companies to rethink. Uncertainty arises from existing regulations and precautions that could change on a daily basis. And it is precisely this uncertainty that Corona rip-off artists exploit. They falsely pretend to be experts and want to sell their products to companies.
Specifically, according to a BGN member company, the Corona rip-off is a Mr. Schneider from BGN. He should call businesses and strongly offer mouth-nose protection, surgical masks, and disinfectants.
But there is no Mr Schneider in the BGN. The head of prevention there, Isabel Dienstbühl, clearly distances herself from these calls: “Under no circumstances do we call member companies and sell anything on the phone.”
Unfortunately, such cases of fraud by phone call are not uncommon: Already in the past, crises were exploited and companies were harassed. Whether first-aid kits, signs, fire extinguishers or comparable products: Often, supposed changes in occupational safety regulations are used as a pretext for this kind of harassment.
Corona rip-off on the phone or not – What to do if unsure?
Whoever receives a call from Mr. Schneider from the BGN or someone comparable who wants to push you into a purchase: remain critical of it. The BGN stresses not to make these types of calls.
If in doubt, you can contact the BGN prevention hotline. Call 0621/4456-3517 to find out whether the contact – written or verbal – actually comes from the BGN.