Whilst we are living through difficult times, we need to be aware there are those who will use the current situation to exploit others for their own benefit.
We want to highlight the appalling situation that fraudulent emails, phone calls, text messages, posts via social media, even those who call at our doors and claim to be helping are using coronavirus as a cover story,
Fraudsters will then attempt to get recipients to disclose personal or financial information or click on links that may contain malware - which then will be used for their own fraudulent purposes.
A key message to remember is Take Five – STOP – CHALLENGE - PROTECT
- Stop: Take a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe
- Challenge: could it be fake? Its ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
- Protect: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud
If you receive any Covid scams, emails or telephone calls, then contact
- Lincs Police 101
- Action Fraud actionfraud.police.uk or Tel 0300 123 2040
- Citizens Advice Scam Advice helpline 0808 250 5050 from 9am – 5pm
For information, visit these websites
Covid Fraud Hotline
A hotline has been launched to stop fraudsters illegally targeting COVID stimulus schemes.
In an initiative between government and the independent charity Crimestoppers, you can now call the COVID Fraud Hotline (0800 587 5030) anonymously and free of charge to report suspected fraudulent activity.
Although fraud is a hidden crime and can take time to be discovered, the public can still look out for tell tale signs. These can include unusual buying activity by companies and individuals, as well as cold calling by those falsely claiming to be from the government, offering money for schemes.
20 Jan 21 2:48 PM