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DPCC warns of Coronavirus Scammers

  • Last Updated: 18-03-2020 at 15:03

Whilst we are living through difficult times, we need to be aware there are those who will use the current situation to exploit others for their own benefit.

I  want to highlight the appalling situation that fraudulent emails, phone calls, text messages, posts via social media, even those who call at our doors and claim to be helping are using coronavirus as a cover story,

Fraudsters will then attempt to get recipients to disclose personal or financial information or click on links that may contain malware - which then will be used for their own fraudulent purposes.

If you receive any such telephone calls emails etc then contact

Lincs Police 101

Action Fraud  https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or Tel 0300 123 2040 

Citizens Advice Scam Advice helpline 0808 250 5050 from 9am – 5pm

 

For info see websites

https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/

https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/

 

A key message to remember is Take Five – STOP – CHALLENGE - PROTECT

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

Challenge: could it be fake? Its ok 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 scam and report it to Action Fraud