There have been a large number of scams and phishing frauds in relation to the current coronavirus outbreak as reported by Action Fraud and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB). Fraudsters never take a day off and never shy aware from developing their efforts. Here are some of the latest scams to be aware of:
Online shopping scams
The majority are online shopping scams, which offer free goods (face masks, hand sanitizer, groceries, toilet rolls etc) simply by clicking a link.
Phishing emails purporting to be from the World Health Organisation (WHO). They claim to be able to provide the recipient with a list of coronavirus infected people in their area.
Fake newsletter updates
Fake newsletter update subscriptions on coronavirus or related subjects (ironic virus/trojan/malware etc).
HMRC tax refund
The old HMRC tax refund scam, although this is now using the rouse of the virus tax relief.
Emails claiming to be from lenders/banks requesting information to process payment holidays.
As always, don’t rely on links provided on emails, but use the known website for the organisation should you need to visit it.