Fraudsters are exploiting the coronavirus situation to trick you. During these difficult times, it’s important that you remain vigilant and guard against criminals using the publicity around coronavirus as a chance to target you. Impersonating people, organisations and the police, they use fraudulent emails, phone calls, texts messages or social media posts.
They are out to get your details and money, using messages relating to payment holidays, tax rebates, vaccines or immunity tests. They may even ask you to move your money to a ‘safe account’, giving them access to your money.
It’s important not to let the criminals rush or panic you into making a decision that you later wish you’d thought about for a bit longer. Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
Learn how to recognise and avoid common frauds and online scams on our awareness pages or for more specific coronavirus-related scams information visit Take Five to Stop Fraud’s Covid-19 frauds and scams.
Criminals are experts at impersonating people, organisations and the police. They spend hours researching you for their scams, hoping you’ll let your guard down for just a moment.
There are many ways to help protect yourself from fraud. Stay one step ahead of fraudsters.
Know how to spot some of the most common frauds.