Coronavirus: Scams: Please be vigilant

Posted 21/04/2020
Written by Robert Parkin
Category COVID-19 HELP

Scammers are using the Coroavirus (COVID-19) to try and steel money or valuable personal information or to get access to your computer or network.  Please be vigilant. 

These scams could take many forms and might take the form of pensions transfers, high-return investment opportunities or health insurance supplements.

To help protect yourself you should:

  • reject offers that come out of the blue

  • get the company’s name and establish their credentials using the FCA’s Financial Services Register

  • beware of adverts on social media channels and paid for/sponsored adverts online

  • do not click links or open emails from senders you don’t already know

  • be wary of promised returns that sound too good to be true

  • take your time to make all the checks you need, even if this means turning down an ‘amazing deal’

  • do not give out personal details (bank details, address, existing insurance/pensions/investment details)

  • seek financial guidance or advice before changing your pension arrangements or making investments

There is further advice on the FCA’s ScamSmart website about how to protect yourself and if you suspect you may have been contacted in what could be a scam, you can make a complaint to the Insolvency Service or call Action Fraud straight away on 0300 123 2040.

Examples of HMRC Related Phishing emails and bogus contact (updated at 21/04/2020)

Please check for up to date examples: 

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/phishing-and-bogus-emails-hm-revenue-and-customs-examples/phishing-emails-and-bogus-contact-hm-revenue-and-customs-examples


 

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