There has been an increase in scams associated with Covid-19.
The National Crime Agency advise the following:
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 you or panic you.
PROTECT: Contact your bank immediately if you think you have fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or checking their website https://www.actionfraudalert.co.uk/
Remember your bank or the Police will NEVER ask you to transfer money or move it to a safe account.
Scams that are out there at the moment include;
- Text and email messages are circulating that if you click on a link Buck CC will provide you with a refund for council tax or green waste. It will then ask you for your bank details. This is a scam.
- Sales of tests to determine whether you have / have had the virus. The only people who can provide these are health officials. If you have received an email, a text or a doorstep salesman offering this, it may well be a hoax
- The World Health Authority or the NHS will send you a list of houses in your area that have the virus if you pay a fee to the bank details that are in the email. This is not true. No health authority will every disclose that information, this is an attempt to get money from you.
- Sign up for health insurance that guarantees all covered a specialist treatment. If you have health insurance please check directly with your insurer before accepting anything of this nature. If you do not have health insurance please follow the guidelines above, STOP and CHALLENGE.
- Text or emails from the Police that you have been seen outside or driving unnecessarily and are receiving a fine. Phone the police on 111.
These are only examples, there are many others. Please stop and think before you click on any links in emails you are not expecting or particularly give out any personal information such as bank details.