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Action Fraud Have Received Reports of Covid19 Related Scams 28/03/2020 15:23:35

Coronavirus related frauds have increase by 400% in March, totalling loses close to £970,000. The majority relate to online shopping scams where people have ordered products that never arrived.  Don't click on links or attachments in unsolicited emails, research an online company first and always protect your devices with the latest software updates.
Action Fraud Have Received Reports of Covid19 Related Scams

Action Fraud have received reports of #COVID19 related scams. The majority relate to the online sale of protective items such as facemasks and other items in short supply due to the outbreak, that don’t exist..

What scams are we seeing
The majority of reports are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser and other products, which have never arrived. Other frauds being reported include ticket fraudromance fraudcharity fraud and lender loan fraud

Protection advice
Detailed counter fraud advice is available online, including from 
ScamsmartActionFraudCIFASTakeFiveCitizens AdviceTrading Standards and the National Cyber Security Centre.

Reporting to Action Fraud can be done online via this link or by calling  0300 123 2040.

To report offers of financial assistance from HMRC contact phishing@hmrc.gov.uk.

Covid19 Phishing Emails Reported To Action Fraud

A number of #COVID19 related phishing emails have been reported to Action Fraud. These emails attempt to trick you into opening malicious attachments which could lead to fraudsters stealing your personal information, logins, passwords, or banking details. 

Protect yourself

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.

For more information on how to shop online safely, please visit this link.

3) Protect your devices from the latest threats:
Always install the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats.

For information on how to update your devices, please visit this link

For the latest health information and advice about COVID-19 please visit the
NHS website.

Message Sent By
Mike Douglas (VISAV, Administrator, National)

Neighbourhood Watch and COVID-19     18 March 2020

We are concerned about scams and fraud that may arise as people take advantage of the crisis and will continue to gather insights into coronavirus COVID-19 scams and crimes.

We are aware of the following scams which we are sharing so you can inform anyone that you know who might be at risk:

• Impersonating Red Cross workers and health authorities – door-to-door knocking claiming to be carrying out mandatory testing for coronavirus as an excuse to enter a home and carry out robberies – Always ask for ID before letting someone into your home
• Impersonating willing shoppers – door-to-door knocking offering help with shopping but then instead steal the money – Ideally link up with verified volunteer groups for food delivery or support. Contact your council if unsure.
• Cybercrime – there are a number of people sending emails with false test results plus information regarding coronavirus via a link. That link creates a virus on your computer. – If you are unsure, do not open links within an email, visit official websites instead.

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