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COVID-19 related scams and fraud

Criminals have used the Coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity to prey on people’s anxiety and worries. This month alone Action Fraud have reported a rise of 400% of fraud related activity to COVID-19.

Additionally the increased social isolation has put our communities in a situation which they have never faced before. With a large number of workers working from home and people self-isolating.

This means that we spent more time online than ever.

As a result we would like to make sure our residents are aware of the dangers they can be facing and how to avoid falling a victim of a scam.

Some of the methods we’ve seen are highly sophisticated and can pass as genuine emails or messages. That’s why it is more important than ever to think twice before clicking on any links or opening attachments. Also before purchasing anything online discuss it with your friends or family. Do you think this is a genuine seller? How much did you research them before transferring money?

We have prepared some additional information for people, businesses, and friends and families of vulnerable member of our communities.

Please take time to read more about:

Share it with your friends and family so we can stop criminals taking advantage of this uncertain times.

Detective Inspector Richard Tilling

 

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