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[07.04.2020]

Protect you and your business from fraud

Action Fraud are experiencing a massive increase in coronavirus related fraud reports – up 400% in March. Unfortunately, during these uncertain and worrying times there are scammers who will look to take advantage.

What scams are being reported?

Action Fraud keep their website up to date with details of the latest scams circulating. For the latest information please visit their website https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Frauds being reported currently specifically around coronavirus include online shopping scams, where people are ordering protective face masks, gloves and hand sanitiser which then never arriving.

A number of phishing email scams are also being reported, which encourage people to click on a link in an email, which then leads to the scammers site to obtain personal and financial information. Some of the tactics being used in phishing emails include; fraudsters purporting to be from a research group mimicking the Word Health Organisation or similar. Fraudulent emails purporting to be from HMRC informing of tax refunds and those offering investment schemes and trading advice, with links again to fake websites to enter your details

Some of these emails and scams can initially appear genuine, so how can you protect yourself?

Protect yourself from fraud

There are several simple steps you can take to lower your risk of being a victim of fraud:

  • Don’t click on links or attachments in emails from senders you don’t already know
  • Beware of adverts on Social Media and paid for sponsored posts
  • Call back existing suppliers or banks if they unexpectedly call you, ideally from a different phone line if possible
  • Avoid being pressured into making rushed decision, as this is often a technique of scammers
  • Do not give out personal details (bank details, address, insurance/supplier details) if you have any doubts
  • Do not give out personal details (bank details, address, insurance/supplier details) if you have any doubts
  • If you are making a purchase from a company you do not already know do some research first into that company
  • When buying online use a credit card where possible, as this can offer more protection – please check with your credit card provider to confirm the protection they offer
  • Always install the latest software and app updates to protect your devices (PC’s, mobile phones, tablets etc.

For more information please visit https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ and to report a scam contact Action Fraud via their website or by calling 0300 123 2040

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