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!

  • OFCOM Advice for consumers: coronavirus scam calls and texts
    This is the latest release from OFCOM detailing some of the main Coronavirus scam calls and texts currently circulating. 08 January 2021 We have received reports of scam calls and texts relating to the coronavirus, or Covid-19. …
  • Covid Vaccine Text Scams
    Fraudsters are sending out fake texts offering a Covid vaccine in an attempt to steal personal and financial information, police have warned. Derbyshire Constabulary says that the text offers a link to an “extremely …
  • How To Avoid The 12 Scams of Christmas
    Tis the season to be cautious. The flyer available to download below highlights some of the more prominent scams to look out for. Download the 12 scams of Christmas If you are a victim of a scam, report it to Action Fraud …
  • Latest Scam Alerts
    This Monthly alert from West Yorkshire Trading Standards outlines trending fraud patterns during the current COVID-19 pandemic and what we can do to stay protected. There have been further reports of scams, doorstep Crime and …
  • Latest Scam Updates – Identify & Avoid
    West Yorkshire Trading Standards weekly update on COVID-19 related scams. Holiday scams set to increase as UK lockdown is eased. Holidaymakers be warned: Several holiday scams are being advertised on social media. Criminals will …
  • Latest Scam Alerts – Holidays
    This is the latest West Yorkshire Trading Standards weekly update on COVID-19 related scams (13 July 2020). Holiday scams set to increase as UK lockdown is eased. Holidaymakers be warned: Several holiday scams are being …
  • Latest Scams & How To Avoid Them
    This is West Yorkshire Trading Standards’ weekly update on COVID-19 related scams. Holiday scams set to increase as UK lockdown is eased. Holidaymakers be warned: Several holiday scams are being advertised on social media. …
  • 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 …