Scam Warning for Fake TV Licensing Emails
Action Fraud are warning people of an ongoing TV licensing phishing campaign.
Fake fines and testing kits and bogus requests for donations are among coronavirus-related scams targeting the public, officials have said.
The Department for the Economy has warned everyone to remain vigilant following a rise in reported fraud.
It said being isolated with friends or family could make people lower their guard.
Action Fraud, the UK's reporting centre for fraud, said there has been £4.6m in losses nationwide during lockdown.
To combat fraud, Trading Standards Service - a part of the Department for the Economy - is distributing 'Wash your hands of Coronavirus Scams' leaflets with food packages.
In a statement, the department flagged a range of offences which had been used to target the public during the lockdown.
Spotting a coronavirus scam
Scammers often make contact by email, phone calls, text messages, social media posts or calling at your door.
Protecting yourself from becoming a scam victim
While isolating, you may be approached by volunteers who you don’t recognise, offering to do your shopping for you:
Never hand over money, bank details or bank cards to someone you don’t know who is offering to help you. Offers of help for most things should be free of charge.
If in doubt, contact a friend or family member and ask for their advice.
What to do if you’ve been scammed
Scams are becoming very sophisticated and many people are falling victim to them.
It can be extremely upsetting and sometimes it’s hard to believe or imagine that someone would take advantage of the current pandemic to make gain for themselves.
Things you should do:
Don’t feel ashamed - often people are reluctant to report what has happened but you need to remember you have been the victim of a crime. It’s important to report all scams and get the help and support you might need.