Scams and Fraudulent Activity
Be aware of spam campaigns and fraud Criminals are using the internet, telephones and doorstep calls to exploit fear of the coronavirus pandemic.
There are an increasing number of spam campaigns using Covid-19 as a lure to trick people into installing a variety of malware to steal your personal data and convince you to donate money to protect yourself and others.
As more of us work from home, the need to secure your computer and your login credentials, especially if you are connecting to your company’s network, becomes more important. You should be extra careful of bogus security software, especially if it tries to use the coronavirus as a selling point.
We recommend that you keep your computer up to date and use extra caution when downloading new programs. Beware of instant notifications and other messages, even if they appear to come from friends. Carefully examine web links and email addresses and assure yourself that these are genuine.
- Don't click on links or attachments in unexpected and suspicious emails.
- Don't reveal any personal or financial details during unsolicited messages or calls.
If you believe you have been the victim of fraud, alert your bank immediately so the payment can be stopped
The National Cyber Security Centre has published advice on the current wave of cyber treats related to covid-19 and the Crown Prosecution Service has also published advice on how to protect yourself from those seeking to capitalise on the Covid-19 pandemic and the different types of fraud being perpetrated.