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Scams are one of the most common types of crime in the UK, and unfortunately the Coronavirus crisis is giving the fraudsters the perfect environment to thrive.
Action fraud has reported that scams related to Coronavirus have cost victims over £800,000 in just one month. This guide will help you to look out for Phishing scams and dubious phone calls.
What is it? Phishing is the fraudulent attempt to obtain your sensitive information such as Passwords, Usernames and Credit Card details by pretending to be a person or organisation that you trust. Phishing generally takes place by email. If it happens by SMS it can be called Smishing.
What happens? You could receive an email from what you believe is a genuine organisation - a common organisation at the moment is The World Health Organisation (WHO). This email will usually ask you to clink a link and fill out a form in exchange for information. Filling out this request will mean you are giving your information to criminals.
People have also reported receiving messages from HMRC asking for their bank details to receive some sort of tax relief. HMRC will never ask for your bank details.
In other cases you may be asked to click on a link which may take you to a genuine site, however clicking the link will allow the criminals to download software on to your device which will allow them to look at your personal information and steal this.
What to do: So you don’t fall victim to these scams follow these simple steps:
What is happening? The public are being warned to expect an increase in scam calls and maybe even visitors to their homes. It is expected that these calls will follow the usual pattern of scam phone calls or visitors that may pretend to be from an authority such as your bank or the Police asking you to hand over sensitive information.
Scammers could also claim to be from an Insurance Company or Claims Management Company offering to help you recuperate your losses by submitting a claim for the cost a cancelled holiday, wedding or other event.
It has been reported that some nasty scams include targeting the elderly people being targeted by fraudsters with the offer of house cleaning services or to have a test done to see if they are suffering with Coronavirus.
Other scams could you ask you to invest in good causes, such as manufacturing of new drugs to treat Coronavirus, with the promise of a healthy reward for your investment to entice you to invest.
What to do:
What is it? Other potential scams that have been reported include criminals claiming to sell much sought after things such as face masks and hand sanitiser. These are especially prevalent on Social Media.
What to do:
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