Protecting Yourself Against Coronavirus Fraud
In these difficult times it’s wonderful to see so many people coming together to help others in their local community. Sadly, there are some people who are looking to take advantage of this and there has been an increase in fraudulent scams, especially towards those who are more vulnerable.
Friends Against Scams have issued the following advice to help avoid being scammed.
Be aware of people offering or selling:
- Virus testing kits – these are only offered by NHS.
- Vaccines or miracle cures – there is currently no vaccine or cure.
- Overpriced or fake goods to protect yourself from coronavirus such as anti-bacterial products.
- Shopping or medication collection services.
- Home cleaning services.
Most legitimate community volunteer groups will tell you who is coming to your door. If you are in any doubt don’t hand over any money or personal details. Your support group should also have a contact number that you can call to check anything that is being offered to you.
Protect yourself and others:
- Don’t be rushed into making a decision. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
- Only purchase goods from legitimate retailers and take a moment to think before parting with money or personal information.
- Don’t assume everyone is genuine. It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
- If someone claims to represent a charity, ask them for ID. Be suspicious of requests for money up front. If someone attempts to pressurise you into accepting a service they are unlikely to be genuine. Check with family and friends before accepting offers of help if you are unsure.
for further information visit the Friends Against Scams website.