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?
- Scam adverts on social media sites such as Facebook claiming supermarkets are offering vouchers to help families with food shopping.
- A malicious Android app purports to provide a real-time covid-19 outbreak tracker but instead attempts to trick the user into providing administrative access to install “CovidLock” ransomware on their device.
- Scam texts from individuals claiming to be from Lloyds Bank. The text offers a mortgage holiday and suspension of credit card interest during the current period of lockdown. The individual is then invited to follow a link and enter personal account details.
- Members of the public have received phone calls from scammers acting as broadband providers offering faster services during this time of lockdown.
- 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.
Report complaints to Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline: 0808 223 1133
Report scams to Action Fraud: 0300 123 2040