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Coronavirus Related Scams

Please pass this information on to relatives, friends and neighbours. Fraudsters are exploiting the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) to facilitate various types of fraud and cyber crime.

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 also sending out coronavirus-themed phishing emails in an attempt to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive personal and financial details.

Some of the other tactics that NFIB has identified from victim reports include:

Fraudsters purporting to be from research organisation’s affiliated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) contact potential victims over email. They claim to be able to provide the recipient with a list of coronavirus infected people in their area. In order to access this information, the victim needs to click on a link, which leads to a malicious website, or is asked to make a payment in Bitcoin.

Watch out for scam messages:
Don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details.

Shopping online:
If you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first, and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. If you decide to go ahead with the purchase, use a credit card if you have one, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases.

Message Sent By
Communications Team (Dorset Police, CED, Dorset)

 

Dorset Alert – Cold Callers

Dear residentDorset Alert

This is a message from Dorset Police. We have become aware of residents in the Ferndown area receiving cold call telephone calls from persons offering security and repair services. The caller has then stated a local contact will attend the residents address.

Dorset Police and Trading Standards do not recommend dealing with cold callers, instead use recommendations from family or friends or use Trading Standards Buy with confidence scheme to find a trader if you require work being carried out.

Should you have received a call and despite not agreeing, someone visits your home address please ask them to leave and do not engage with them further, if they leave please report this to Dorset Police on 101 or via our do it online service which can be found at www.dorset.police.uk, if they will not leave please call Dorset Police on 999.

Regards

Ferndown NPT

James Marsh (Dorset Police, PCSO 5528, West Moors, St Leonards & Three Legged Cross)