COVID-19 fraud cases

As the escalation of Coronavirus continues, there are more and more fraud cases becoming evident, all which take advantage of COVID-19.

Since February 2020, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has identified 21 reports of fraud where Coronavirus was mentioned. Some of the scams include:

  • Fake advertisements for protective masks
  • Fake advertisements for sanitising gel
  • Fake advertisements for vaccines
  • Links to fake/sensational news, photos and video and unorthodox ways to gain protection, in reality designed to purely spread panic, gain clicks and sell newspapers
  • Appeals from fake charities for donations.

As more and more businesses are sending their employees to work from home, it is expected that the number of scams will increase. As a business owner, provide your employees with training and advice on how to work remotely without compromising the safety and security of companies and their networks, data and devices. 

There is a lot of advice out there, but we wanted to outline some of the things that you can do to combat these scams.

Take five to stop fraud

Criminals are experts at impersonating people, organisations and the police. They spend hours researching you for their scams, hoping you’ll let your guard down for just a moment. Stop and think. It could protect you and your money. 

Stop. Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.

Challenge. Could it be fake? It’s okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.

Protect. Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scan and report it to Action Fraud.

For more information around this, and to access the resources Action Fraud have, visit their website here.

Watch out for scam messages. 

Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details.

Shopping online.

If you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. Where possible, use a credit card to make the payment, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases.

Protect your devices from the latest threats.

Always install the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats.

If you are still in doubt, and want more information on what support your business can receive during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our toolkit here.