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COVID-19: Fraud and scams

Be alert to potential fraud and scams

Be on your guard for fraudsters exploiting fears about COVID-19, particularly older and vulnerable people who are isolated from family and friends.

Any number of frauds could increase as more people work from home and vulnerable and elderly people self-isolate.

Types of scams

Scams circulating across the country include:

  • offering to do shopping for those self-isolating
  • buying medical supplies online
  • sending emails offering fake medical support
  • high return investments
  • ‘healthcare opportunities’
  • appeals to support bogus charities or those who are ill
  • fake text messages from HMRC and about free school meals

North East Lincolnshire ‘shielding hub’

Be assured that those making contact with vulnerable people about receiving support from North East Lincolnshire’s ‘shielding hub’ will be reliably identifiable and will never ask for bank details or money.

How to avoid scams

  • Stop: Take 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 have fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.