Emails, texts, phone calls and WhatsApp messages are being used
Fraudsters are increasingly targeting the public and organisations with emails, texts, phone calls and WhatsApp messages offering advice and treatment for the coronavirus, as well as setting up fake websites selling products and offering "cures".
Scammers have also been setting up bogus websites asking for donations for victims or promoting awareness and prevention tips. Cold callers have been contacting organisations suggesting they must have certain measures in place by a certain deadline.
To help members of the public protect themselves from becoming a victim of fraud, Cifas, The UK's Fraud Prevention Service is giving this advice:
- Be sceptical if you receive an email, text or WhatsApp message about the Coronavirus, and never click on any attachments or links.
- Never provide personal data such as your full name, address and date of birth - scammers can use this information to steal your identity.
- Don't allow yourself to be pressured into donating money and never make donations by cash or gift card, or send money through transfer agents such as Western Union or Moneygram.
- If you think you've been the victim of a scam, then speak to your bank immediately and report any fraud to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
- You can get further information on dealing with scams and fraud by calling the Consumer Service telephone number 0808 223 1133, or contact Citizens Advice.
Trading Standards Wales is advising residents to contact their local Council for information about services and assistance in their area.
Councillor Leanne Jones, Neath Port Talbot Council's Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Protection, said: "We would ask people to be mindful that many of the fraudulent adverts and product links are integrated into popular social media platforms.
"Please think carefully before clicking on links and be wary of cold callers offering remedies and asking for money."