National Trading Standards has compiled a comprehensive list of identified Covid-19 scams for the purpose of raising awareness.
The pandemic has seen an increase in scams that include counterfeit medical kits that claim to prevent or cure the disease, and fake online coronavirus resources that may contain harmful software.
In some cases, individuals may be forced to pressure their own doors to buy antivirus kits or be persuaded to buy products advertised on their social networks.
In addition, some call centers that previously targeted UK consumers with questionable health products are now offering supplements that purport to prevent COVID-19.
Financial scams, online and over the phone, have also increased as criminals seek to take advantage of the financial uncertainty that many people and businesses face as a result of the coronavirus.
These include calls claiming to come from your bank or mortgage provider and an increase in shark lending activity.
Communities are also urged to look for signs of neighbors targeted by criminals on the doorstep.
While there are real groups of volunteers who provide help during self-isolation, there are cases of criminals preying on residents – often the elderly or people living with long-term health issues – by cold calling their home and offering to go to the stores for them.
Criminals often pretend to represent charities to help them appear legitimate before taking the victim’s money. There are real charities that provide support, so consumers need to be vigilant and ask anyone who claims to represent a charity for ID.
The complete list of Covid-19 identified scams
- Criminals targeting elderly people at their door and offering to do their shopping. The thieves take the money and don’t come back.
- Home cleaning services that offer cleaning drives and doors to kill bacteria and help prevent the spread of the virus.
- Email scams that trick people into opening malicious attachments, exposing people to identity theft with personal information, passwords, contacts, and bank details. Some of these emails tricked people into clicking on attachments with information about people in the area affected by the coronavirus.
- False online resources – such as fake coronavirus cards – that provide malware such as AZORult Trojan, an information theft program that can infiltrate a variety of sensitive data. An important example that has deployed malware is “corona-virus-map[dot]com “.
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- Companies offering false vacation reimbursements to people who have been forced to cancel their trip. People requesting a refund should also be wary of fake websites created to claim vacation refunds.
- Fake disinfectants, face masks and Covid19 swab kits sold online and door to door. These products can often be dangerous and dangerous. According to reports, a potentially dangerous hand sanitizer containing glutaral (or glutaraldehyde) was banned from humans in 2014.
- As more and more people isolate themselves at home, so do the risks of phone scams, including criminals who pretend to be your bank, mortgage lender, or utility company.
- Thieves have been reported to be extorting money from consumers claiming to be collecting donations for a COVID-19 “vaccine”.
- Illegal lenders should tackle people’s financial difficulties, lend money before charging exorbitant interest rates and fees through threats and violence