Help during Coronavirus – Avoiding scams

Scams

We are receiving information with regards to several scams which are appearing during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) situation. Please taking sensible precautions to make sure you and the person you care for are protected. Read the following advice from the Financial Conduct Authority on the steps you can take to stay aware of any possible impact on your finances: https://www.fca.org.uk/consumers/coronavirus-covid-19.

Being home alone whilst self-isolating means an increased risk of being susceptible to scams and could even mean some people affected by illnesses such as dementia are more likely to be vulnerable to financial abuse. Coronavirus-related scams can take place over the phone, online and face-to-face. Here are the Alzheimer’s Society tips on how to avoid them:

https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/blog/coronavirus-covid-19-scams-people-affected-dementia

Please see the below leaflet from the National Trading Standards Scams Team for more information about coronavirus scams.

 

Loan Sharks

The National Trading Standards Illegal Money Lending Team understand that the current pandemic situation may be a period of increased financial pressure for some. If you, or someone you know, is suffering at the hands of a loan shark, please get in touch with their 24 hour helpline for support and advice on 0300 555 2222. For more information on this visit: https://www.stoploansharks.co.uk/warning-issued-over-loan-sharks-during-covid-19-pandemic/.

Phishing emails

For information on how to spot signs of scam emails and what to do if you have already clicked on them visit:

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/suspicious-email-actions

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