Be Aware of the Scammers during these uncertain times

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Over the coming weeks CCB will endeavour to share some positive stories regarding what is happening in communities across Berkshire to overcome the current uncertain and troubling times. This will include information, advice and suggestions from other organisations as well as our own. We have just received alerts of how the Coronavirus is being used by scammers and feel that it is prudent to share this with our readers, not positive admittedly, but if it stops one person from becoming a victim to scamming then it is worth sharing.

More positive news stories to follow shortly. Stay well and safe, the CCB team.

It hasn’t taken long for the scammers to try to cash in on the fear and concern surrounding the Coronavirus.

Cyber criminals are targeting individuals as well as industries.

In common with most other crisis situations, criminals are using emails, text messages, social media posts, online advertisements and phone calls to defraud their unsuspecting victims.

  1. Click here for a cure – emails are being sent purporting to be from a doctor claiming to have details about a vaccine being covered up by the UK and Chinese Governments. You will be taken to a fake web page where your details will be harvested. NEVER click on links in emails.
  1. Covid-19 Tax Refund Email – this has links to access a refund and you will be asked to put in all of your financial information. The HMRC will never advise you of a tax refund in this way. NEVER click on links in emails
  1. Fake Online Advertisements – these include, protective masks, sanitising gel, vaccines (these do not currently exist) and appeals from fake charities
  1. Criminals are also knocking on doors selling Coronavirus tests. These are fake and wont tell you anything. Please be aware anyone acting legitimately would not be going door to door trying to get you to part with money.

DON’T get tempted into ordering any of these items – it is unlikely that you will receive your product and your money will be gone.

DON’T believe everything you read – for accurate and up to date information use reliable and official sources such as the Government Official website and the NHS

In these worrying times look after your money and look after yourselves.

Information courtesy of IWASP

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