|Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to try and get their hands on your money and personal information. To date, Action Fraud has received reports from 2,378 victims of Coronavirus-related scams, with the total losses reaching over £7 million.
How you can protect yourself from Coronavirus-related scams:
There are some simple steps you can take that will protect you from the most common Coronavirus-related scams. Here’s what need to do:
1 – Watch out for scam messages
2 – Shopping online
3 – Unsolicited calls and browser pop-ups offering tech support
NHS Test and Trace scams:
The NHS Test and Trace service plays an important role in the fight against coronavirus and it’s vital the public have confidence and trust in the service. However, we understand the concerns people have about the opportunity for criminals to commit scams.
What you need to know:
Although the NHS Test and Trace service have stated that contact tracers will only call you from the number 0300 013 5000, unfortunately scammers are able to imitate caller IDs. Should you be contacted by someone claiming to be from the NHS Test and Trace service, you can ask them to send you an email or text instead, with a unique reference number which you can then use to log into the web-based service.
Rather than click on any link you receive, we would advise people to type the web address https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk directly into their browser, followed by the unique reference number given to you.
The NHS Test and Trace service will never:
If you think you have been a victim of fraud, please report it to Action Fraud at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040. If you live in Scotland, please report directly to Police Scotland by calling 101.
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