Beware of Coronavirus Scams

Whilst most of us are working hard and worrying about the future, there are those out there that are taking advantage of the situation and there has been an increase in scams all relating to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute has said:-

“This unprecedented health emergency has led to a never before seen surge in scam activity. CTSI and its partners in the consumer protection landscape are sharing intelligence about these scams, some of which are new, and others, variations on old tricks.

Coronavirus scams have hit the UK particularly hard. According to research by Trend Micro, a multinational cybersecurity and defence company, the UK is the most heavily targeted nation for COVID-19 Coronavirus-related email spam. 20.8% of global malicious Coronavirus spam is sent to UK-based email addresses, the research revealed. France came second at 11.5%, while the United States came in third with 8.2% of all spam emails received.”

Please all stay vigilant for more information with regards to scam calls and texts please visit https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/features-and-news/coronavirus-scam-calls-and-texts

Or for further information visit the Government website https://www.gov.uk/government/news/be-vigilant-against-coronavirus-scams

Author: fiona bewers
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