PLEASE KEEP VIGILANT
In light of the increasing disruption caused by Coronavirus, please be reminded to keep vigilant over the coming weeks and months. The banks have highlighted that this is a time when fraudulent activity can rise, with fraudsters using the global pandemic to target members of the public.
Please see the information provided by NatWest regarding Phishing Emails, Invoice Fraud and Bogus Payment Requests.
In addition, please help to keep all our communities safe by sharing information from reputable sources, to warn others, and maintain vigilance as we navigate through these uncertain times.
Take Five to Stop Fraud – National Campaign
This campaign offers straight forward advice to prevent email, phone-based and online fraud. There is an online quiz to test if you are Scam-Savvy? and a video example of a banking phone scam.
Always remember to Stop, Challenge, Protect
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 or panic you.
Protect: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud. https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/
Action Fraud has updated their website with coronavirus-related fraud examples:
Graeme Biggar, Director General of the National Economic Crime Centre, said: “We have already seen fraudsters using the COVID-19 pandemic to scam people looking to buy medical supplies online, sending emails offering fake medical support and targeting people who may be vulnerable or increasingly isolated at home. “These frauds try to lure you in with offers that look too good to be true, such as high return investments and ‘healthcare opportunities’, or appeals for you to support those who are ill or bogus charities. “The advice is simple, think very carefully before you hand over your money, and don’t give out your personal details unless you are sure who you are dealing with. “We are working together across law enforcement, government and the private sector to combat this criminal activity and protect the public. If you think you have been a victim, please report to Action Fraud.” www.actionfraud.police.uk