Residents urged to be vigilant of potential scams during the Coronavirus pandemic
Written by admin on 07/04/2020
Conwy County Borough Council is warning people to be aware of potential scams during the Coronavirus pandemic as criminals are taking advantage of the situation to target people with a range of frauds.
Residents are urged to be vigilant against a range of scams including doorstep crime, online and telephone fraud and counterfeit goods.
There are steps to take to guard against falling victim to a scam during the current crisis, and at any time:
- Be wary of cold callers like those who offer to do your shopping and ask for money upfront. And never write down or give anyone your card, card details or PIN.
- Look out for fraudulent emails about tax refunds or benefits – and never click on an attachment if it looks suspicious.
- If you get an unsolicited phone call or email from anyone, especially if they claim to be from a bank, mortgage lender or utility company, never give out your bank account details or provide personal data such as your full name, address and date of birth
- Don’t be conned by fake products available to buy online.
Cllr Charlie McCoubrey, Conwy’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Regulatory said, “Scams are a problem at any time, but it’s particularly worrying that criminals are taking advantage of the current situation to try to exploit people. Always be vigilant, never feel pressured into making a decision and check with someone you trust if you are unsure about something.”
Guidance is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/be-vigilant-against-coronavirus-scams
If you have information about a scam or think you are the victim of a scam contact Citizens Advice on 03444 77 2020 or online athttps://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/cymraeg/consumer/scams/reporting-a-scam/