Beware of Coronavirus Scams

Scam Signs

Residents are being warned that fraudsters are exploiting the spread of coronavirus to facilitate various types of fraud and cybercrime.

Since February 2020, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) has identified 21 reports of fraud where coronavirus was mentioned, with victim losses totalling over £800,000. Ten of these reports were made by victims that attempted to purchase protective face masks from fraudulent sellers.

Fraudsters are sending out coronavirus-themed emails to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive personal and financial details.

Fraudsters are also pretending to be from research organisations linked to the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They claim to be able to provide the recipient with a list of coronavirus infected people in their area and the link to the information leads to a malicious website.