Scams can come in many forms; these could be received by email, letter, and telephone or in person to con victims out of money. There are many of these sorts of scams but some of the most common are fake lotteries, deceptive prize draws, computer scams, and romance scams.
The criminals attempt to trick people with flashy, official looking documents or websites, or convincing telephone sales patter, with the aim of persuading them to send a processing or administration fee, pay postal or insurance costs, buy an overvalued product or make a premium rate phone call. Doorstep scams are crimes carried out by bogus callers, rogue traders and unscrupulous sales people who call, often uninvited, at people’s home under the guise of legitimate business or trade. (Friends Against Scams)
Citizens Advice has shared the following regarding scams during lockdown.
It’s important you’re aware of the many new scams around at the moment because of coronavirus. Scams to look out for include:
- advertising face masks or medical equipment at high prices
- emails or texts pretending to be from the government
- emails offering life insurance against coronavirus
- people knocking at your door and asking for money for charity
If you see emails or texts about coronavirus from someone you don’t know, or from an unusual email address, don’t click on any links or buy anything.
Don’t give money or personal details to anyone you don’t know or trust – for example someone who knocks on the door and offers to help.
Call Action Fraud to Report a Scam/Fraud on: 0300 123 2040