COVID-19 – Beware of scams!

COVID-19 – Beware of scams!


Please be aware of fraud and scams during the Covid-19 pandemic

Criminals are using the Covid-19 pandemic to scam the public – don’t become a victim.

Law enforcement, government and private sectors partners are working together to encourage members of the public to be more vigilant against fraud, particularly about sharing their financial and personal information, as criminals seek to capitalise on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Criminals are experts at impersonating people, organisations and the police.

They spend hours researching you for their scams, hoping you’ll let your guard down for just a moment.

Stop: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
Challenge: Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
Protect: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.

Your bank or the police will NEVER ask you to transfer money or move it to a safe account.

Please take this advice on board to protect yourselves during this difficult time

Many Thanks

The Economic Crime Unit, Lancashire Police

Message Sent By
David Wilding (Police, Fraud Safeguarding Officer, Lancs)