Beware of Corona Virus scams

corona-mobile-scamPeople are receiving text messages on their phones to follow a link to claim a Corona Virus support payment. Such messages are always scam.

Scammers simply start websites and ask people to come onto them and provide personal and banking details.

Please do not follow such links whether you receive such messages per text, email, phone or personal callers. Do not provide financial or personal details to fraudsters. Generally do not click links inviting you to take part in research for Disease Control.

Free school meals scam. The only official guidance on free school meals during schools closures is available on the official website page

If in doubt contact your school or councillors.

National Cybercrime survey

I am an old hand in electronic communiations. I can immediately tell when an e-mail is malicious, fraudulent or plain nonsense.

Many fraudulent e-mails appear genuine and can fool recipients.

An easy trick to tell if an e-mail is from the promised sender is click on the contact and see the e-mail address it comes from. If it pretends to be from a bank but the e-mail address is obviously different from the bank’s domain, delete the whole thing and if you have the time (recommended) inform the institution the e-mail pretends to come from.

But to help combat cybercrime better please complete this survey.

Pre-pay electricity meter fraud

Please read here copy of an e-mail I received just now from the Neighbourhood Watch network about a fraud to do with pre-pay electric meters.

There has been a recent upsurge in the number of prepayment electricity
customers affected by a meter scam.  To read more and access links to a video
and to a wide range of materials from the recent National Prepayment Meter Fraud
Conference, please click here:

Report e-mail scams

Many of us get them all the time. Often they appear to be from banks or other reputable institutions. Often enough they ask you to log into your account and give your username and password. The page you are supposed to log into, looks genuine. I immediately recognise scams because they always ask me for sensitive information. They ask me to verify my log in details or my account will be closed. Sometimes they even appear to come from sources that appear genuine. Some ask us to provide banking details because someone wants to channel large amounts of money out of Africa.

If at doubt, do not log in. Forward the whole e-mail to the National Fraud Authority for Analysis. 

The immediate advise is if you receive a fraudulent communication:

  • Do not click on any links
  • Do not reply to the e-mail or contact the senders
  • If you have clicked on a link in the e-mail, do not supply any information on the website that may open
  • Do not open any attachments
  • Visit the Action Fraud website

Source: Action Fraud

Beware of ‘fake’ Tesco stamps

Police have issued a warning not to purchase Tesco £1 savings stamps, from other persons. Genuine Tesco £1 savings stamps are sold from Tesco machines. The genuine stamps are not self-adhesive. A woman was arrested trying to redeem a book full of ‘fake’ Tesco stamps, which she bought in good faith of somebody else. The fake stamps are self-adhesive.  See original story.