COVID-19 Scam Alerts

05/05/2020

 

NFRS is supporting Nottinghamshire Police and Action Fraud after being made aware of a number of scams carried out during the coronavirus outbreak.

Among these are reports of individuals targeting the elderly and vulnerable by knocking on their doors and offering to do their shopping; the individuals then take the victim's cash or bank card and never return.

Fake websites selling 'in demand' items such as hand sanitiser which never arrives, and phishing emails and text messages have also been reported, along with scam telephone calls targeting the vulnerable and elderly at home.  

Nottinghamshire Police and Action Fraud have the following top tips to help tackle scams at this time:

  • Don't be pressured into sending money – stop, think and check with a trusted source.
  • Use somebody you know and trust for shopping – don't hand money over to somebody on the doorstep.
  • Authorities like the Police, Fire Service and HMRC will never ask for banking details on the phone or in person. You will never be asked to move money to a 'safe account'.
  • Check for IDs and get them verified – genuine officials will be more than happy to wait.
  • Pick strong passwords when setting up accounts online and do not use the same password across sites.
  • Do not click on any unknown links in emails and use two factor authentications.
  • Make sure your social media accounts are set up correctly – review your privacy settings to ensure your profile is locked down.
  • Use antivirus and make sure that your software and operating system is kept up to date.
  • Always back up your most important data such as your photos and key documents.

 

Station Manager Paul Gair, who works in the NFRS Prevention team, said: "Scammers are always coming up with new ideas. Just because we aren't aware, it doesn't mean it isn't happening.

"These are challenging times for us all and scammers will take advantage of the situation, so I'd urge everyone to be aware and keep yourself safe."

The National Cyber Security Centre has more information on cybercrime and guidance on how to stay safe if you are working from home: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/home-working .

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