Friends Against Scams: Beware of Coronavirus related scams!

Friends Against Scams want to make you aware of scams related to the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus.

Be aware of people offering or selling:

  • Virus testing kits – these are only offered  by the NHS
  • Vaccines or miracle cures – there is currently NO vaccine or cure
  • Overpriced or fake goods to protect yourself from the virus (ie anti-bacterial products)
  • Shopping or medication collection services
  • Home cleaning services

As with All scams:

  • Don’t be rushed into making a decision. If it sounds too good to be true it probably is!
  • Only purchase from legitimate retailers and take a moment to think before parting with money or personal information
  • Don’t assume everyone is genuine. It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any request. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
  • If someone claims to represent a charity, ask them for ID. Be suspicious of requests for money up front. If someone attempts to pressure you into accepting a service, they’re unlikely to be genuine.
  • Check with your family and friends before accepting offers of help if you are unsure.

 

Read the pdf document here

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