The following has been issued by Hampshire Police:
CRIMINALS ARE EXPLOITING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC TO DEFRAUD PEOPLE
Below are some of the most common scams to be aware of:
EMAIL, TEXT & PHONE CALL SCAMS
- An unexpected email from the government offering you money;
- The ‘infection list’ scam mimicking the World Health Organisation (WHO) claiming to provide a list or map of local infections:
- An email from HM Government asking for donations for the NHS;
- An HMRC email stating you are ‘eligible to receive a tax refund’;
- Sale of fake COVID-19 swabbing tests, supplements and anti-virus kits;
- A text message asking you to pay a fine saying that you have been recorded as leaving your home on three occasions during the lockdown;
- A phone call stating ‘government guidelines now require everyone to wear a mask outside the house, press 1 to purchase your mask’.
- Cleansing services that offer to clean drives and doorways to kill bacteria or offering to ‘decontaminate’ the inside of your home:
- Bogus healthcare workers offering ‘home-testing’ for the virus;
- Criminals offering to do your shopping. They take the money and do not return.
ADVICE & SUPPORT
Always question unsolicited calls, texts or emails requesting your personal or financial information (name, address, bank details). To verify the company, contact them directly using a known email or phone number. For advice on cybercrime, or to report suspicious emails visit www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware.
Anyone who has been a victim of fraud or cybercrime can report it online at www.actionfraud.police.uk or call0300 123 2040.