Criminals are using the Covid-19 pandemic to scam the public – don’t become a victim.
Law enforcement, government and private sectors partners are working together to encourage members of the public to be more vigilant against fraud, particularly about sharing their financial and personal information, as criminals seek to capitalise on the Covid-19 pandemic.
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.
Stop: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
Protect: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.
The latest advice on Coronavirus scams includes;
Coronavirus vaccine scams warning
UK Finance reveals ten Covid-19 scams the public should be on high alert for
Businesses Against Scams: Protecting businesses from COVID-19 scams
Public urged to flag coronavirus related email scams as online security campaign launches
Criminals preying on our financial worries as they spoof government websites to take your money
Graeme Biggar, Director General of the National Economic Crime Centre, said: “Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to scam people in a variety of ways and this is only likely to increase. We need individuals and businesses to be fully aware and prepared.
“There is a wealth of advice available from dedicated counter fraud professionals, but in general you should always think very carefully before you hand over your money or your personal details. “We are working together across law enforcement, government and the private sector to combat this criminal activity and protect the public. If you think you have fallen for a scam contact your bank immediately and please report to Action Fraud*.”
We've launched a dedicated area of Covid-19 Guidance to help you faces challenges as lockdown 3.0 comes into force. We're on hand to support you, following our guidance (and guidance from the NCSC) will significantly increase your protection from the most common types of cybercrime.