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Tips on how to avoid Coronavirus (COVID-19) inspired scamming campaigns

Posted by: Admin on 11th April 2020 03:46:27.
Posted in Category: News

­IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Tips on how to avoid Coronavirus (COVID-19) inspired scamming campaigns

We have become aware of a number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) related scams designed to lure account holders into revealing sensitive banking or personal information; or to encourage the download of malicious software that gives fraudsters access to home or office computers.

What to look out for

In light of this we are asking you to be extra vigilant and especially careful when receiving any COVID-19 related communication, particularly email or text messages (SMS) that claims to be from, or have links with organisations such as:

  • National or international health bodies such as the National Health Service (NHS) or the World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Government agencies such as Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for example referring to tax rebates
  • Companies offering support around diagnosis, financial support or general working conditions due to COVID-19
  • Companies offering advice about refunds for shipping, airline travel and entertainment or selling health equipment
  • Firms offering advice about financial support such as mortgage relief 

Please note: This list is not extensive, there may be many more variants like above..

What to do if you receive a COVID-19 email you think is suspicious

If you can, you should check who sent it to you as it may be a legitimate communication from a government agency or from someone you do business with. However, we would ask that you ensure you DO NOT do any of the following:

  • Enter or provide your credentials, usernames or password
  • Click on any links from a source you don’t recognise or are suspicious of
  • Download or open any attachments or software
  • If asked, enable macros in attachments
  • Reply to any suspicious emails
  • Forward the email to friends, family or colleagues

If you do receive an email that you think is suspicious, you should delete it immediately.

Stay Safe!


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