Scammers are using mobility equipment as a route to cheat people out of money, Medequip has warned.
The equipment services provider said it is growing increasingly concerned about reports of scam phone calls to users of community equipment.
The fraudsters call up their victims informing them that they must provide their bank account details in order to receive the equipment that has been prescribed to them by a health or social care professional.
But Medequip said it wished to make it clear that the callers have absolutely no affiliation with it whatsoever.
It stated: “Items such as hospital beds at home, toileting aids, bath lifts, rise and recline chairs and other assistive equipment necessary to keep people safe and independent in their own homes are provided by the NHS and local councils though Medequip and are totally free of charge to the user.”
Medequip has advised customers not to give out bank details, PIN numbers or transfer money under any circumstances. It also reiterated that the company would never request such details.
The calls identified so far have been focused around the London area, but Medequip said all service users across the country needed to be aware of the danger of scam calls.
Medequip runs over 40 contracts operating out of 19 specially adapted depots across the country, covering a population of more than 14.5million people.
The company has grown to employ over 600 people, with a fleet of more than 300 vehicles, occupying over 180,000 square feet of warehouse and office space and stocking around 75,000 items covering 1,000 different product lines.