Whilst Covid-19 sweeps through the world, fraudsters and scammers see an opportunity
Very sadly, there have been hundreds of coronavirus related scams and thousands of phishing attempts by criminals exploiting our fear and anxiety; the fraudsters and scammers are targeting the elderly, those who are self-isolating and the vulnerable.
Scams uncovered included online shopping for face masks & hand sanitiser which never arrive, emails requesting donations to the NHS to buy medical supplies and text messages from gov.uk demanding the payment of fines for leaving home more than once during the lockdown.
Fraudsters are also taking advantage of COVID-19 to offer spurious financial support and tax refunds. They text, email or phone taxpayers offering tax refunds, assistance with pensions and additional financial support. If someone claiming to be from a bank, financial institution or HMRC calls, texts or emails you and asks you to click on a link or to give information such as your name, credit card or bank details, it is a scam. You should forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to firstname.lastname@example.org and texts to 60599.
If you are unsure about a message you have received from HMRC, please call us on 01223 810100. We’re here to help you during these difficult and unprecedented times.