Coronavirus Scam Alert Issue #5

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?

  1. Fraudulent emails sent to organisations stating they have qualified for the sum of $200,000.00 from the World Health Organization relief fund.
  2. 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.
  3. Phishing emails offering the sale of testing kits and face masks

Scams Trending Regionally & Nationally

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Top tips:

  • 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

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