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Coronavirus-related scams – be aware

It is likely fraudsters will take advantage of the spread of coronavirus for the purposes of cyber and doorstep crime. 

Fraudsters may send coronavirus-themed phishing emails attempting to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive details.

  • Watch out for scam messages: Don't click on links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls asking you for personal or financial information.
  • Shopping online: If you're making a purchase from a company or person you don't know and trust, do your research first. If you decide to proceed with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one as most will insure online purchases.
  • Protect your devices from the latest threats: Always install the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats. 
  • Doorstep crime: Please beware of strangers turning up at your doorstep wanting to help, for example with your shopping. Only accept help from people you know. 

If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, report it to Actionfraud.police.uk or by calling 0300 123 2040.

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