IWASP – Isle of Wight Against Scams Partnership

CORONAVIRUS SCAMS

It hasn’t taken long for the scammers to try to cash in on the fear and concern
surrounding the Coronavirus. Cyber criminals are targeting individuals as well
as industries – In common with most other crisis situations, criminals are using
emails, text messages, social media posts, online advertisements and phone
calls to defraud their unsuspecting victims.

  1. Click here for a cure – emails are being sent purporting to be from a
    doctor claiming to have details about a vaccine being covered up by the
    UK and Chinese Governments. You will be taken to a fake web page
    where your details will be harvested. NEVER click on links in emails.
  2. Covid-19 Tax Refund Email – this has links to access a refund and you
    will be asked to put in all of your financial information. The HMRC will
    never advise you of a tax refund in this way. NEVER click on links in
    emails
  3. Fake Online Advertisements – these include, protective masks,
    sanitising gel, vaccines (these do not currently exist) and appeals from
    fake charities
  4. Criminals are also knocking on doors selling Coronavirus tests. These
    are fake and wont tell you anything. We haven’t had any reports yet on
    the Island but please be aware anyone acting legitimately would not be
    going door to door trying to get you to part with money.
    DON’T get tempted into ordering any of these items – it is unlikely that you will
    receive your product and your money will be gone.

DON’T believe everything you read – for accurate and up to date information
use reliable and official sources such as the Government Official website and
the NHS
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-
public
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

In these worrying times look after your money and look after yourselves.