Criminals use every opportunity to scam innocent people and their businesses. This includes the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, whilst we are spending more time at home and online.
Avoiding fraud and scams
Fraudsters are experts at impersonating people, organisations and the police. They can contact you by phone, email, text, on social media, or in person. They will try to trick you into parting with your money, personal information, or buying goods or services that don't exist.
Thurrock residents have reported receiving a fake GOV.UK email that claims to be about their council tax account and asks for their bank details – please let us know if you receive an email like this and do not share your bank or account details.
The Action Fraud website, run by the UK's National Fraud and Cyber Crime Centre, has a news page that reports scams related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Go to Action Fraud: COVID-19 related scams – news and resources.
The websites below offer advice on how to protect yourself against fraud and scams:
- GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – how to protect yourself from fraud and cyber crime
- Crimestoppers: COVID-19 on and offline scams
- Victim Support: Fraud prevention during coronavirus
Whilst there are huge benefits to being online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, many parents may feel concerned about the activities and content their children are accessing. The websites below offer a guidance for parents and advice to keep all internet users safe online.
- GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – staying safe online
- GOV.UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – support for parents and carers to keep children safe online
- National Cyber Security Centre: Cyber Aware – stay secure online during coronavirus
- UK Safer Internet Centre: Keeping children happy and safe online during COVID-19
- Think U Know: Online safety and safeguarding during COVID-19