With people in a more anxious state than normal because of the Coronavirus epidemic, criminals are taking advantage, and attempting to scam and defraud people! This is a time to renew our vigilance and look out for other people who might need to be made aware of scams.
Press Release from Action Fraud: “Recently the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau reported a new trend in fraud related to Coronavirus, or COVID-19. Updated figures show there have been 105 reports to Action Fraud since 1 February 2020, with total losses reaching nearly £970,000.”
1) Watch out for scam messages.
Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details.
2) Shopping online:
If you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases.
3) Cold calls:
If you receive a suspicious cold call end it immediately, report it to ActionFraud and do not give out any money or personal details. Remember; if it seems too good to be true, it probably is
Report fraud at ActionFraud: www.actionfraud.police.uk
If you want to be able to better advise others about scams, then visit the National Trading Standards Friends Against Scams website will be useful: www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk.