Protect yourself against scams

Coronavirus scams

Friends against scams are running a 'wash your hands of coronavirus scams' campaign which outlines what to be aware of and ways to protect yourself during the coronavirus pandemic.

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

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

More information on this campaign (friendsagainstscams.org.uk)

Further information on scams:

Remember to contact your bank if you think you have been scammed.

Last updated: ‎26‎/‎03‎/‎2020‎ ‎10‎:‎10‎