Coronavirus Scam Alert W/C 13th April

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. Scam adverts on social media sites such as Facebook claiming supermarkets are offering vouchers to help families with food shopping.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Members of the public have received phone calls from scammers acting as broadband providers offering faster services during this time of lockdown.

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.

Report complaints to Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline: 0808 223 1133

Report scams to Action Fraud: 0300 123 2040

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