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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 (

Further information on scams:

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

Last updated: ‎26‎/‎03‎/‎2020‎ ‎10‎:‎10‎