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Coronavirus: beware the scammers

27 March 2020

 

Scammers are already trying to take advantage of people and businesses at a time of heightened anxiety and stress.

They are hoping to trick you so that you will hand over your financial information with the lure of a tax rebate. The scams tend to be in the form of an email claiming to be from the government but can also come by way of a phone call.

Please be extra vigilant for scam emails and scam phone calls asking for personal and financial information. Also be mindful of any attachments you may get. If they are not from a legitimate source then they could contain malware or spyware, which would allow hackers access to your computer.

If you are unsure whether something you have received is legitimate, there is a helpful scam checker on the Citizens Advice website.