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Be Vigilant against Coronavirus linked scams NHW

Alert message sent 30/03/2020 19:51:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch


This message is from Val McPherson covering Aylesbury Vale Neighbourhood Watch.

I know that the majority of you are aware of fraudulent scams and how to protect yourselves but these scammers are targeting people concerned about the coronavirus Covid-19 , with criminals even seeking out the elderly and vulnerable in their own homes. UK victims across the UK have already lost over £800,000 to coronavirus -linked scams in the past month.

Facebook, Community Groups, WhatsApp Groups and Nextdoor App that sends messages  or neighbourhood alerts to each other are a great way to stay in touch with those around you, however please be aware that not everyone out there is trustworthy and some people are taking advantage of this unusual situation which we are all facing at the moment.

Fraudsters come in all shapes and sizes and can contact you at the door, by phone, post or online.
Below is a few of the scams that are circulating at the moment::
  • People offering miracle cure for Coronavirus - there is nor specific treatment for  COVID - 19. It states treatment aims to relieve the symptoms until your recover.
  • The County or District council DO NOT need to enter your house to do a deep clean.
  • Bogus healthcare workers claiming to be offering "home testing" for coronavirus is a scam and these kits are not currently available.
  • Emails saying you can get a refund on taxes, utilities or similar are usually bogus and they are just after your personal and bank details.
  • There are a number of fake products to buy online that say they can protect you or cure coronavirus. These will not help and are designed to take your money.
  • There is also a new mobile phone apps that claim to give you updates on the virus, instead they lock your phone and demand a ransom.
Tips to avoid getting tricked out of your money:
  • Be sceptical, do not be afraid to hang up, bin it, delete or close the door.
  • Take your time , do not be rushed
  • If you are online, be aware of Fake news and use only a trusted sources such as: gov.uk or nhs.uk
  • Protect your financial information, especially from people you do not know. Do NOT give your bank details or PIN to a stranger.
 If you think you have been scammed contact the police on 101. ( 999 only in an emergency).
Report to Trading Standards either email trading.standards@surreycc.gov.uk or ring on 01296 388788 I 
I have received two message one from a member who has mentioned a new scam he received  by text by a number 39877 as follows: The message mentions the individual's name stating your parcel has been waiting for delivery since last Monday. Please settle delivery in 24 hours: http://k8f.us/with various small and large letters followed in the link. I naturally have not included the link.
And the one here I received a few minutes ago by one of my Co-ordinators stating that there has been a extremely sophisticated scam going about this morning .Barclays  Bank customers get a message saying a payment hasn’t been taken, eg O2 and to click here. As soon as you touch it the money is gone. They already have all your details and it’s the most advance scam the banks have ever seen. Pass this on to everyone. Please. This is from work this morning - they are being inundated with calls - thousands flying out of peoples accounts!I 

There are many more scams but I thought I would give you a few that are circulating everywhere at the moment.
And just on a lighter note I received this from a friend which made me laugh:
Just been in Sainsbury’s trying to get some food etc.   Easier said than done with people panic buying.
 Walking around I saw a bloke whose trolley was full to the brim with hand sanitizers, baby wipes, soaps, everything that people need....
I couldn’t help it ;   I called him a selfish low life. and gave him the low down about the elderly and mums etc... who need these types of thing.
Told him he should be ashamed of himself .                                                                          
 He said "that’s all good and well mate, but I work here, so can I carry on filling the shelves now!
Keep safe.
Val
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Val McPherson BEM (NWN, Multi Scheme Administrator, Thames Valley)

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