10 Coronavirus Scams

Scam Alert

UK Finance has issued ten coronavirus-related scams people should be wary of and how to spot them. 

 

The ten scams are split into three categories - COVID-19 financial scams, lockdown scams, and health scams.

 

 

Financial support scams

  • Fake Government emails - typically offering grants of up to £7,500 containing links to steal personal and financial details.
  • ‘COVID-19 relief fund' emails - inviting people to complete a form and hand over personal information.
  • Council tax reduction emails - containing a link to a fake government website.
  • Universal Credit assistance - fraudsters email offers to help with applications in exchange for an advance payment.

 

Lockdown scams

  • ‘Free TV licence for six months' - emails tell the victim there is an issue with their direct debit and redirect them to a fake site.
  • TV subscription service - emails ask the victim to update their payment details and contain a link to steal credit card details.
  • Fake social media profiles - criminals use identities of real people, try to chat and manipulate them to hand over money.
  • Fake investment adverts - usually on social media, urging their targets to put money into fake investment companies. 

 

Health scams

  • NHS track and trace phishing emails - claim the recipient may have COVID-19, contain a link to a fake website which will steal personal and financial details, or infect devices with malware.
  • Fake adverts for non-existent COVID-19 products - such as hand sanitiser and face masks, which take the victim's cash and send them nothing.