Fraudsters love an emergency or a scare and all the uncertainty and fear surrounding Coronavirus is providing a very fertile hunting ground for them. We have previously written about fake emails with malicious attachments which must not be opened, this scam has been joined by a host of face mask scams where fake sellers are posting online and social media adverts. Buyers hand over their payment details and not only never receive any masks but have much greater sums taken than expected, one victim lost £15,000. The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has reported losses of over £800,000 in February alone to Coronavirus related scams.
DO NOT PANIC INTO BUYING FROM UNKNOWN SELLERS
Tips and Advice
- Only buy – from well known trusted retailers, if it is a site you don’t know check for reviews
- Don’t click – on any attachments to unexpected emails. Go to UK Government website for the latest information instead
- Don’t – be pressured into acting quickly, this is a ‘red flag’ and sign of a scam
- Personal means private! – Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are talking to
- Report it! – If you receive such a message mark it as junk to avoid further ones getting through
- Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisors will help you to stay safe
- To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool.
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