West Yorkshire Trading Standards has seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 related scams.
What scams are trending at the moment in West Yorkshire?
- Fraudulent emails sent to organisations stating they have qualified for the sum of $200,000.00 from the World Health Organization relief fund.
- Automated Scam messages from fraudsters claiming to be Amazon Prime, the call states that a trial membership was about to expire and they would be deducting £34 from your bank account.
- Phishing emails offering the sale of testing kits and face masks
Scams Trending Regionally & Nationally
- Travel scams on the increase as fraudsters purport to be from travel
companies, tour operators and insurers are offering to re-book or
refund cancelled holidays.
- Fake text messages claiming to be from Natwest bank – Customers have reported receiving a message stating that they have updated banking information and tells you to click the link in the text, the link takes you to a site where fraudsters will steal banking information.
- Supermarket voucher scams are being shared widely on social media sites. Fraudsters are claiming to be offering food vouchers for families in need to spend in stores.
- Don’t click on links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to messages that ask for personal or financial details.
- Look for websites with ‘https:’ in the web address, the letter S usually indicates if the website is secure.
- Ensure you have an up to date anti-virus software installed on your device, this will help protect you from malicious software.
Report complaints to Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline: 0808 223 1133
Report scams to Action Fraud: 0300 123 2040