West Yorkshire Trading Standards Newsletter Scam Alert #11 12.06.2020

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This weekly alert outlines trending fraud patterns during the current COVID-19 pandemic and what we can do to stay protected.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards News Alert issue 11 12.06.2020

Outline of trending scams:

  1. Fraudulent NHS branded websites claiming to have information on COVID-19 then trying to download the malware Covid19.exe file on your computer.
  2. Scam callers claiming to be from the NHS, selling the test and trace kit. THE NHS DOES NOT CHARGE FOR THE TEST AND TRACE SERVICE.
  3. Pre-recorded cold call message informing of fraudulent claim against Income Tax, prompting to call a premium number.
  4. Fraudulent websites selling PPE, charging customers but not delivering.

Please note: At present there is NO vaccine for the COVID-19 virus.

West Yorkshire Trading Standards Service newsletters and resources –

https://www.wyjs.org.uk/trading-standards/covid-19-resources/

Always remember:

  • If it sounds too good to be true, it very likely is
  • If you feel pressured, ask them to leave.
  • Friends and family are best to ask.
  • Don’t make any snap decisions.
  • Do the checks and use a number you have found yourself, not the one the visitor provides.

Stay Alert, Stay Safe