Scams have unfortunately been on the rise in recent months, as fraudsters have attempted to exploit this unprecedented time of uncertainty. And many people have found themselves targeted in ways they did not expect. In a shocking update, Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud and cyber reporting centre, revealed criminals had found a new way to lure their victims in.
One person took to Twitter to share their personal experience with the matter.
They wrote: “Before you purchase any workout equipment or PPE fear from any site – be sure to go to the bottom of the site to see what month and year the site was created.
“There are a lot of scams going on these days.”
Another said: “I was just looking back at a site that was a scam fashion site.
“Now lo and behold it now redirects to a scam PPE and thermometer site.”
Official organisations will not ask Britons to share this kind of information over email or text, and so people should actively ignore this kind of message if received.
In addition, people should also stay aware when shopping online.
Action Fraud states those making a purchase from a company or person they do not know should carry out research first.
Britons can also speak to friends or family members before making the purchase.
Those buying items online should use a credit card where possible, as most providers can insure online purchases if fraud does arise.
Speaking of fraud arising at this time, Commander Karen Baxter, City of London Police, National Lead Force for Fraud, said: “While the world is coming together to combat this global health crisis, criminals are intent on exploiting our unease, anxiety and vulnerabilities in these unprecedented times.
“The fact the public have taken the opportunity to fight back and show these criminals how unacceptable this is, is fantastic.
“Fraud is an incredibly underreported crime. The more the police know about fraud, and fraud attempts, the better chance they have of tracking down those responsible and bringing them to justice.”