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Ten Covid-19 and Lockdown Scams

UK Finance unveils ten Covid-19 and lockdown scams the public should be on high alert for and how to spot them
Criminals are preying on a worried public by tapping into their financial concerns due to coronavirus, asking for personal and financial information
New animation video from Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign warns people to remember criminals are sophisticated at impersonating other organisations
Using the coronavirus pandemic as an opportunity, fraudsters are using sophisticated methods to callously exploit people, with many concerned about their financial situation and the state of the economy. To coincide with the launch of its new animation urging people to follow the advice of the Take Five to Stop Fraud campaign, UK Finance today reveals ten Covid-19 and lockdown scams which criminals are using to target people to get them to part with their money.

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The £600 Scam

Please be aware of another new scam that we have been made aware of.

The details of how one local person received the call are below;


I had an automated call telling me that a bank transaction for £600 had been made against my account, and to 'press 1'.
I didn't, but checked my account and no such transaction was present.
I then phoned the bank fraud department, and they advised that there are THOUSANDS of such calls, mentioning £600, coming in.


ADVICE : ignore the call;  do NOT press 1; if in doubt, call your bank.
 
Second call of the day by an automated scammer call.
This time it related to 'your Visa/Mastercard', but the same value £600.
Same process - press 1 to stop the transaction.


Beware - don't press 1!

Signs of Financial Abuse

Although many crimes are less common than they were scams are on the increase. 

Scams are crimes where the perpetrator tries to swindle the victim out of money, or out of personal information with a view to stealing their money later.

Scam is a slang term for personal fraud.  All scams are frauds.

It is estimated that around £10 billion is lost each year in the UK by victims of scams.

Age UK reports that 43% of older people – almost five million people aged 65 and over – believe they have been targeted by scammers. Those with dementia are at particular risk.

Scams can be committed over the phone, through the post, on the internet or face-to-face, often on the doorstep.

Because older people are more likely to live on their own, and are often lonely, they become targets for fraudsters. Age UK reports that in one study, it was found that 27% of single people responded to a scam.

This video shows a scammer in action. 

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership by Charlotte Homent, Community Protection Manager, Cambridgeshire County Council
 
I work for Cambridgeshire County Council in the Strengthening Communities Service. Whilst we deliver scams prevention work on behalf of Trading Standards, we are very much about engaging with communities and helping them to build resilience from within. That’s why I helped to set up the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Against Scams Partnership (CAPASP) – to bring together all the right people to support communities to prevent scams and provide support to victims.
 
CAPASP brings together over 20 local partners, groups and organisations who are all passionate about raising awareness of the financial and emotional harm caused by scams, whilst also providing appropriate support to those who suffer the misfortune of falling victim.
 
CAPASP believes that prevention is better than cure, and as such, the Friends Against Scams initiative is very much at the heart of what we do. Friends Against Scams provides an excellent opportunity for all partners to spread the word about scams in a consistent and robust way. Our partners are committed to either face-to-face delivery of Friends Against Scams sessions as a SCAMchampion, or promoting the online learning which is helping us to reach more and more of our local citizens and organisations to invite them to join the growing legion of Friends Against Scams.
 
Many CAPASP partners have now made Friends Against Scams part of their staff mandatory training and part of the staff induction process, ensuring these Friends are better equipped for spotting the hallmarks of scams or victims of scams as they go about their work. We are also committed to registering all partners as Friends Against Scams organisations.
 
Perhaps one of the most effective ways of recruiting new Friends has been through our ‘5 Simple Steps’ guides and our communications with local communities. The ‘5 Simple Steps’ guides - one version for local councils and one version for community groups - identify some very easy, quick-win steps that local councils and community groups can take to build resilience within their communities to scams. This is very much focussed on Friends Against Scams! And whenever we provide communications to community connectors, articles for local newsletters etc. we highlight Friends Against Scams – in e-mail signatures and in the articles themselves. All simple stuff really, but it’s ensuring residents of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough are more resilient to scams.

5 simple steps

 

Download the 5 Steps leaflet