|* Victims of coronavirus-related scams have lost over £5 million – Friday, 5 June, 2020 *
As of Friday 5th June, sadly a total of £5,341,592 has been reported lost by 2,204 victims of coronavirus-related scams.
Action Fraud also report they have received 11,793 reports of coronavirus-related phishing emails.
To keep this number as low as possible, we want people to be aware of the very simple steps they can take to protect themselves from handing over their money, or personal details, to criminals.
Action Fraud will keep their webpages up to date containing information on Coronavirus related scams and advice on how to stay safe from and alert to scams.
DWP scam warning – Thursday, 4 June, 2020
The DWP will never text or email asking for your personal information or bank details.
If you are expecting a call from the DWP on your online benefit application, DWP work coaches will leave you a message in your online journal to let you know.
NHS Test and Trace guidance – Monday, 1 June, 2020
It is important to remember that NHS Test and Trace will never ask you for any form of payment or any passwords or PINs. They will also never ask you to download anything, ask any details about your bank account or send someone to your home.
Whilst it is possible for criminals to spoof official phone numbers, they cannot fake official website addresses. We would encourage anyone with concerns about a phone call, text message or email they have received, in relation to Test and Trace, to check the website address being provided to you carefully. If possible, type the official address, which will be
followed by unique characters given to you, directly into your browser.
Test and Tracer callers will NEVER
Reporting rogue emails and texts