Update and Advice from Action Fraud in relation to Covid19 Scams 12th June 2020

Alert message sent 17/06/2020 12:42:00

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Sadly, 2,378 victims have lost a combined total of over £7m to coronavirus-related scams - as of Friday, 12 June, 2020

A total of £7,099,441 has been reported lost by 2,378 victims of coronavirus-related scams.

Action Fraud reports that it received 12,323 reports of coronavirus-related phishing emails.

Criminals are continuing to exploit the coronavirus pandemic to defraud innocent members of the public. Currently, coronavirus-related frauds make up less than 2% of all fraud reports received.  To keep this number as low as possible, it's important that people are aware of the very simple steps they can take to protect themselves from handing over their money, or personal details, to criminals.

Please continue to visit the Action Fraud Covid19 page for information on the latest scams we are seeing and advice on how to protect yourself as it is updated on a regular basis.

HMRC scam warning - Thursday, 11 June, 2020
Action Fraud are aware of scammers claiming to be from HMRC offering financial support as a result of coronavirus.

If you receive an email, text or call claiming to be from HMRC that asks you to click on a link or give information such as your name, credit card or bank details, it's a scam.

Don’t forget you should forward suspicious emails to report@phishing.gov.uk; and suspicious text messages can be forwarded to “7726” which spells SPAM on your telephone keypad.

Is it worth forwarding dodgy emails and text messages?
In just the first two weeks since the NCSC and police launched the service, the public passed on more than 160,000 suspect emails, leading to the removal of over 1,400 links to bogus sites! So YES it absolutely is!

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) reports examples of what it has removed with the help of the reporting service.

These include:
  • Scam web pages that have been flagged include mock-ups of official GOV.uk and TV licencing websites. Visitors are lured into giving their billing information to scammers posing as these legitimate organisations.
  • There have also been scam web pages purporting to sell coronavirus linked bogus products such as testing kits, face makes and even vaccines.
  • The NCSC noted a rise in cybercrime exploiting the coronavirus pandemic last month.
We hope this information is helpful. Please feel free to share with others to help keep them safe.

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