As we all embark on a minimum three-week lockdown to contain the COVID-19 pandemic unsavoury individuals are taking advantage of the pressure we are all under using this to increase their targeting of email / text and phone call scams and phishing techniques.
• Emails from eg World Health Organization (WHO). Often emails direct the reader to click on a link and inputting names and passwords
• Text messages from eg GOV.UK. incorporating a dangerous phishing link which has attachments that could compromise computers and mobile devices.
• There has even been a scam targeting parents, offering free school meals in exchange for bank details.
• Scam telephone calls are on the increase too. For example they may claim to work for government organisations such as HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) or your high-street bank.
What to do?
• Keep up to date with the news and trusted sources such as Avanti! as scammers are trying to exploit those who are even a few hours behind the curve and give false information.
• Be especially dismissive of SMS messages – following the official UK_GOV SMS requesting you to stay indoors, scammers have been following up with various fake messages pretending to offer guidance and money.