Covid-19 has wreaked havoc these past few months and it would seem this is the perfect opportunity to prey on those most vulnerable. It is important you are aware of the many new scams around now because of coronavirus. Some these might include:

  • Emails or texts pretending to be from the Government (such as a HMRC Tax Refund).
  • Calls, texts, or emails claiming to be from NHS test & protect stating you have come into contact with the virus and will then ask you for money for a testing kit (which is free to us).
  • Emails offering life insurance against coronavirus.

If you see emails or texts about coronavirus from someone you do not know, or from an unusual email address, do not click on any links or buy anything.

Do not give money or personal details to anyone you do not know or trust – for example someone who knocks on the door and offers to help. Remember that HMRC, the NHS and your bank will never call you to ask for your passwords or your bank details – no matter how urgent they state it is!

For trusted information you can visit the following sites:

NHS Scotland:

https://www.nhsinform.scot/

0800 22 44 88

Scottish Government:

https://www.gov.scot/

Public Health Scotland:

https://publichealthscotland.scot/

Citizens Advice also have some great information on Scam Awareness. Please look at their link below for more help and information:

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/our-campaigns/all-our-current-campaigns/scams-awareness-campaign-2020/