This year protecting people against scams has been more important than ever. The coronavirus crisis means more people have faced issues that could put them in vulnerable situations. Added to this, the overall heightened uncertainty and anxiety caused by the pandemic is making everyone more vulnerable and more likely to fall victim to a scam. Empowering the public against scams is crucial during these uncertain times.
What to do if you've been scammed
Go to the Citizens Advice Online Scams Helper to get advice on what to do next if you've been scammed.
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. Further information can be found here: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/alert/coronavirus-related-fraud-reports-increase-by-400-in-march
Help us spread the message that scams are crimes that can happen to anyone and that we can all take a stand to help stop them. There are actions we can all take to report them, share stories and raise awareness of scams to safeguard ourselves and others.
- Check if something might be a scam
- Check if you can get your money back after a scam
- What to do if you've been scammed
- Report a scam
- Get emotional support if you've been scammed
- Get help with online scams
Friends Against Scams
If you have 20 minutes to spare, and would like to become a 'Friend Against Scams' you can go onlne and complete some online training.
Go to Friends Against Scams or click on the image below to take part.
Action Fraud has received 105 reports in March alone from victims of coronavirus-related frauds with losses close to £970,000.
- Don't click on any link or attachment in any suspicious emails.
- Never respond to unsolicited messages or phone calls that ask for your personal or financial details.
- Before shopping online, carry out some research first before buying to make sure that the online company is trustworthy.
- Use a credit card to make the payment if you have one as major credit card providers insure online purchases.
- Always make sure you have the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats.
Scammers are making calls and sending texts claiming to be from the UK national and local Government, from your GP’s surgery, the NHS, or even the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The following articles have been written by reliable organisations giving you good advice about how to spot a scam and how to deal with any that come your way.