It is sad that at times like this there are people who would try and take advantage of others for their own gain, particularly targeting the most vulnerable in our communities.
Please watch out for some of the scams and fraudulent behaviour operating at this time:
- The BBC are reporting on people exploiting others’ anxiety via technology with examples of email and online shopping scams purporting to be from HMRC, World Health Organisation or virologists. They will contain links or attachments that aim to trick people out of data or money. Read more here
- Action Fraud have reported that over £800k has been lost to coronavirus fraudsters since February 2020, often linked to people buying face masks or hand sanitise online that never arrives. They warn you to take extra care with online shopping
- The British Red Cross have said ‘We’ve heard reports on social media that people are claiming to be Red Cross volunteers and falsely offering coronavirus tests. These are fake: we are NOT conducting any tests anywhere in the UK. We’ve reported it to the police. Please ask to see ID if anyone reaches out to you’
- West Yorkshire Police have reported a number of scam emails are circulating that say: ‘If your child’s school is closed and your child is entitled to free school meals; then send your bank details to the school and they will help you with funding while schools are closed.’ The links are fake and vulnerable families may be giving their bank details on line. Do not follow the instructions.
- National Trading Standards Scams Team has produced a useful postcard (see above image) on how to avoid scams. You can learn more about different scams on their Friends Against Scams website.
- If you do not know who someone is it is ok to ask for ID and refuse entry to your house
- Do not open email links or attachments unless you know, or can check, they are from a legitimate source. Be cautious as fraudsters go to great lengths to make their communications appear genuine
- Age UK have clear guidance on how to spot and avoid scams, or what to do if you have been a victim of one
Page updated 30 March 2020 at 9:30am