Sadly in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis, there are people who have been taking advantage of the situation to try and scam people, particularly those who are elderly and vulnerable. This section gives you information on the scams that we have been made aware of so that you can be on alert.
See the latest government information on fraud and cyber crime here.
The National Cyber Security Centre is offering guidance on how to stay secure online during Coronavirus: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware.
Thames Valley Police summarise measures we can take to prevent becoming victims of cyber crime here.
MK Council’s Trading Standards team has foiled 40 scams since the start of the coronavirus outbreak – that’s three times more than usual. We’re cracking down on scammers exploiting the current situation to take advantage of isolated and vulnerable residents in MK. To report any concerns please click here.
We have received this information from Buckingham Council with regards to scamming:
Scamming complaints on the rise as virus continues to spread
Doorstep scammers are taking advantage of the coronavirus emergency to con elderly and vulnerable people.
There has been a rise in the number of scam complaints related to the coronavirus outbreak, according to Buckinghamshire and Surrey Trading Standards team, who are urging members of the public to be aware. Since the beginning of the month the total number of scam complaints has increased by 40%.
Latest complaints include reports of a South Buckinghamshire woman in her 80s who answered the door to a man who tried to demand £220 in cash to complete a health and safety check. Additionally, there have been widespread complaints of scammers trying to take people’s bank details to cover payments for school meals whilst the schools are closed.
Residents are also being urged to be especially wary of people offering or selling:
• Virus testing kits – these are only offered by the NHS.
• Vaccines or miracle cures – there is currently no vaccine or cure.
• Shopping or medication collection services that require payment upfront.
• Home cleaning services.
• Overpriced or counterfeit products.
Residents must also be wary of emails, texts, telephone calls and messages via social media from scammers offering refunds on taxes or bills, as these are highly prevalent.
To see full details and to find out how to report any coronavirus related scams please go to: http://www.stonystratford.gov.uk/news/blog-article/scamming-complaints-on-the-rise-
Which News have advised of this latest Coronavirus scam
Don’t believe bogus text messages saying you’ve been fined for stepping outside during the coronavirus lockdown. It is the latest in a series of scams related to the virus that claims to be from the UK Government. This sinister scam claims that your movements have been monitored through your phone, and that you must pay a fine or face a more severe penalty.
To read more please see: https://www.which.co.uk/news/2020/03/coronavirus-scam-lookout-for-fake-lockdown-fine-texts/