Coronavirus Scam Awareness

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Cornonavirus has left a lot of people feeling vulnerable and looking for support. Unfortunately, some unscrupulous people are seeking to take advantage of this through various Scams. Below are the latest news items highlighting these scams – please have a look from time to time and be careful!

Report scams to Action Fraud: 0300 123 2040

Anti-Scam Tips

  • YOUR DOORSTEP YOUR DECISION
    If you feel pressured, ask the person to leave.
  • NO SNAP DECISIONS
    Take time to talk to someone you trust before you make any decisions.
  • DO THE CHECKS
    You can check ID badges and contact associations to check membership registrations yourself. Call the telephone number of the
    organisation, obtain this number yourself, not from the person at the door.
  • FRIENDS AND FAMILY ARE BEST
    Support from trusted friends, family or neighbours is ideal. Be vigilant for strangers offering services at the door that may want to take advantage.

Coronavirus Scams - Watch Out!

  • West Yorkshire Trading Standards SCAM Updates
    29/6/2020 Keeping products safe during COVID-19 Trading Standards have seen a huge shift in its workload as part of its response to the current pandemic. Seldom complained about products are now at the forefront of enforcement …
  • 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 …
  • Scams: HMRC contact and recognising phishing emails and texts
    The Government has published a guide on how to recognise when contact from HMRC is genuine, and how to recognise phishing or bogus emails and text messages. Genuine HMRC contact and recognising phishing emails Details Phishing is …
  • Scams – latest advice, including PPE scams
    West Yorkshire Trading Standards weekly update on COVID-19 related scams – week 1, June 2020 The current pandemic has seen a huge increase in the need for PPE, particularly face masks across the world. Unfortunately …
  • Scams – Latest Alerts in Our Area
    West Yorkshire Trading Standards weekly update on COVID-19 related scams. What is happening at the moment in West Yorkshire? Reports of a rogue trading company cold calling residents to say they’ve sent a letter stating they …
  • Scams – Latest Alerts in Our Area
    West Yorkshire Trading Standards weekly update on COVID-19 related scams. What is happening at the moment in West Yorkshire? An increase in fraud involving the sale of pets online. Whilst in lockdown, many people have been …
  • Survey: How To Make You Feel Safer About Scams
    Calderdale Safeguarding Children Partnership and Safeguarding Adults Board would like to know how they can help children and young people and vulnerable adults feel safer during Covid-19. They are looking to receive feedback on a …
  • Scams – This Week’s Trends
    What Scams are trending at the moment in West Yorkshire? Email circulating to businesses purporting to be from the Chief Finance Officer from Local Councils advising them of eligibility for a £25,000 grant. This is not genuine …
  • Scams – Spotting Suspicious Emails & What to Do
    We have all had a dodgy looking email that we have either placed in the trash or reported back to individual sites. Well did you know there is a bespoke reporting service for all suspicious emails that we are encouraging you to …
  • Scam Updates
    Visit our Scam Hub for all the latest news on Scams during the Coronavirus period What Scams are trending at the moment in West Yorkshire? The weekly round-up from Yorkshire Trading Standards. Automated Scam messages from …