Scam Alerts – 15 June 2020

Here’s a selection of the latest scams circulating in West Yorkshire and beyond:

Traders in Leeds reported to be selling fish & seafood on the doorstep, using high pressure sales tactics to target consumers who are isolating due to covid-19 . They are reported to have a mobile card machine to take payment at the door. However, through various means, they overcharge the consumer- for example entering £449.00 in to the card machine instead of £49.00, through distraction techniques. The consumer often doesn’t realise until a later date, getting a nasty shock when they check their bank statement.
Fraudsters have set up fake websites, impersonating the NHS website. The websites contain numerous links that claim to offer updates about COVID-19. But clicking on the links prompts the user to download and save a file called COVID19.exe. This file contains information stealing malware.
There are still reports of scam callers claiming to be from NHS Test and Trace service asking for payment details in order to purchase a test kit. The NHS will not ask you to pay for a test kit and will not ask for your bank account details. Please check the Government website for further guidance.
Reports of pre-recorded scam messages telling consumers that there is a fraudulent claim against their Income Tax. The message encourages the call recipient to call a premium rate telephone number. Reports of fraudulent websites selling face masks and coverings, charging customers, but not delivering the goods.

Report Scams:

Action Fraud: 0300 123 2040
Report complaints to Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline: 0808 223 1133
New mailbox to deal with reports of Covid-19 Scams in West Yorkshire:
If you feel pressured, ask the person to leave.
Take time to talk to someone you trust before you make any
Support from trusted friends, family or neighbours is ideal. Be vigilant for strangers offering services at the door that may want to take