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Coronavirus and the fraudsters

Discussion in 'Personal' started by nomad, Apr 8, 2020.

  1. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    National fraud picture - Based on figures released by Action Fraud, the first fraud report relating to Coronavirus, or COVID-19, was received on 9 February. There were 20 more reports that month. Since then, there have been 46 reports between 1 March and 13 March, 38 reports in just four days (14 – 18 March) and 84 reports between 19 and 22 March.

    Phishing attempts- Action Fraud have also received over 1,000 reports of coronavirus-themed phishing attempts – the majority of which are emails. These communications try to trick people into opening malicious attachments which could lead to fraudsters stealing people’s personal information, email logins and passwords, and banking details. These include:

    • Fraudsters purporting to be from a research group that mimic the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organisation (WHO). They claim to provide the victim with a list of active infections in their area but to access this information the victim needs to either: click on a link which redirects them to a credential-stealing page; or make a donation of support in the form of a payment into a Bitcoin account.
    • Fraudsters providing articles about the virus outbreak with a link to a fake company website where victims are encouraged to click to subscribe to a daily newsletter for further updates.
    • Fraudsters sending investment scheme and trading advice encouraging people to take advantage of the coronavirus downturn.
    • Fraudsters purporting to be from HMRC offering a tax refund and directing victims to a fake website to harvest their personal and financial details. The emails often display the HMRC logo making it look reasonably genuine and convincing. We have also had reports of people receiving similar text messages.
    You can see examples of these phishing emails here.

    Take care! Stay well.
  2. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    There was a horrible story in the news about a week ago about a 92 year old woman robbed of her jewellery & money by fraudsters. They tricked their way into her house by claiming they needed to clean it because her neighbour had the virus.

    I don't know how some people can sleep at night.
    Last edited: Apr 8, 2020
  3. steely1

    steely1 Occasional commenter

    Sadly, it's not uncommon. A similar thing happened to my parents a while ago, though before the coronavirus outbreak - "distraction burglaries". It is utterly disgusting, though my parents are OK, fortunately. I'd advise anyone with elderly relatives to be careful and wary of letting strangers into their properties, especially during the current time.
    border_walker and nomad like this.
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Thank you, @nomad

    Keep safe everyone

    Dragonlady30 likes this.
  5. hhhh

    hhhh Lead commenter

    I'd imagine fewer scammers would risk it now, a they'd put themselves at risk too-surely the phone and online ones are more common?

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