How to protect yourself from scams

How to protect yourself from scams

Our day to day lives have changed considerably due to the restrictions implemented by the Government to deal with Coronavirus (COVID-19). This has, consequently, meant we are spending more time at home and, therefore, online.

Unfortunately, criminals will use every opportunity they can to scam innocent people and their businesses. These criminals are experts at impersonating people, organisations and the police. They spend hours researching you for their scams, hoping that you’ll let your guard down for just a moment.

Criminals can contact you via phone, email, text, social media or in person. They may try to trick you into parting with your money, personal information or even persuade you to buy goods or services that don’t exist.

The Police, Government and other organisations are working together to help protect you, and your businesses, from these criminals by identifying fraudulent websites, preventing phishing emails, blocking phone numbers and, ultimately, bringing those responsible to justice.

For more information and advice on how to protect yourself, and your family, against scams, please visit the following useful websites:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-fraud-and-cyber-crime/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-on-how-to-protect-yourself-and-your-business-from-fraud-and-cyber-crime

https://www.getsafeonline.org/

https://takefive-stopfraud.org.uk/

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/cyberaware/home

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