Scams and frauds during the Covid-19 pandemic

Criminals are using the Covid-19 crisis in the hope of scamming the public in these unprecedented times.  

With advice from law enforcement, government and the private sector we are urging our parents to be vigilant and extra cautious in sharing personal and financial data, which can be capitalised on by criminals during this pandemic. 

To avoid being a victim of fraud, the government has set out advice on how you can protect yourself. 

Stop: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information can help keep you safe. 

Challenge: Do not be afraid to reject, refuse or ignore requests as they could be fake. Criminals will also try to rush or panic you. 

Protect: If you think you have been scammed, you must contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud. 

Due to the current crisis criminals are exploiting the sale of online medical supplies, fake medical support, money to help bogus charities and a range of online products.  

Criminals are very persuasive and good at luring people in. We are therefore urging our parents to remain vigilant during these times. 

Detailed counter fraud advice is available online and you can be taken straight to the website by clicking on the following links: ScamsmartActionFraudCIFASTake Five to Stop FraudCitizens AdviceTrading Standards and the National Cyber Security Centre.

If you believe or know that you have been the victim of fraud, you can report to ActionFraud or by calling  0300 123 2040. 

To report offers of financial assistance from HMRC contact phishing@hmrc.gov.uk