Neighbourhood Watch reports that Coronavirus related fraud reports have increased in March 2020
The majority of reports are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks,
hand sanitiser, and other products, which have never arrived.
Other frauds being reported include ticket fraud,
romance fraud, charity fraud and lender loan fraud.
Phishing emails - We have also received over 200 reports of
coronavirus-themed phishing emails. These attempt to trick people into opening malicious attachments which could lead to
fraudsters stealing people’s personal information, email logins and passwords, and banking details.
the tactics being used in phishing emails include:
- Fraudsters purporting to be from a research group that mimic the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and
World Health Organisation (WHO). They claim to provide the victim with a list of active infections in their area but to
access this information the victim needs to either: click on a link which redirects them to a credential-stealing page;
or make a donation of support in the form of a payment into a Bitcoin account.
- Fraudsters providing articles about the virus outbreak with a link to a fake company website where victims are
encouraged to click to subscribe to a daily newsletter for further updates.
- Fraudsters sending investment scheme and trading advice encouraging people to take advantage of the coronavirus
- Fraudsters purporting to be from HMRC offering a tax refund and directing victims to a fake website to harvest their
personal and financial details. The emails often display the HMRC logo making it look reasonably genuine and
- Watch out for scam messages:
Don’t click on the
links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your
personal or financial details.
- Shopping online:
If you’re making a purchase from a company or person
you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask a friend or family member for advice before
completing the purchase. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, as most major
credit card providers insure online purchases.
For more information on how to shop online safely, please
your devices from the latest threats:
Always install the latest software and app updates to protect your devices
from the latest threats.
For information on how to update your devices, please visit: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/securing-your-devices
the latest health information and advice about COVID-19 please visit the NHS website.
If you have any
information please call Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111