Be mindful of scams and fraud awareness
Sadly, we have become aware that criminals have exploited the current Coronavirus crisis to defraud the public, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends.
Be aware of the following scams and people offering or selling
- Virus testing kits – these are only offered by NHS
- Vaccines or miracle cures – there is currently no vaccine or cure
- Overpriced or fake goods to protect yourself from coronavirus such as anti-bacterial products
- Shopping or medication collection services
- Breached stay home regulations scam: Fraudulent text messages from .GOV.UK issuing fines for leaving homes
- Free school meals scam: Fraudulent messages to parents entitled to free school meals requesting bank details.
Protect yourself and others
- Don’t be rushed into making a decision. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is
- Only purchase goods from legitimate retailers and take a moment to think before parting with money or personal information
- Don’t assume everyone is genuine. It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you
- If someone claims to represent a charity, ask them for ID. Be suspicious of requests for money up front. If someone attempts to pressurize you into accepting a service they are unlikely to be genuine. Check with family and friends before accepting offers of help if you are unsure