Some criminals are using the coronavirus pandemic to take advantage of vulnerable adults. Do not click into email links that look suspicious or give personal information to people that you don’t know. For information on how to stay safe, visit https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/
Also remember to be vigilant over bogus doorstep callers who offer to help with errands during the coronavirus outbreak. Do not give personal or sensitive information to people that you don’t know.
During this time you may be buying more online. Please be careful as there are reports of increasing levels of fraud.
Call the police fraud line on 0300 123 2040 if you have any concerns or visit the Action Fraud website
To help you spot it there are some useful guides available from trustworthy organisations.
- AgeUK advice on staying safe online
- Cifas advice on how to stay safe from online scams
- Advice from the FCA on how to avoid scams
- National Trading Standards is offering advice to prevent members of the public becoming victims of COVID-19 scams
Age UK also has good advice including dos and don’ts on everything from doorstep scamming through to being aware online, whilst Money Saving Expert is there to guide you through your financial rights and scams to look out for.