Coronavirus is being used for fraudsters to target victims 

With the recent outbreak of coronavirus, fraudsters have been using this to their advantage. North Yorkshire Police have had a number of reports of fraud over the past few weeks relating to Covid-19.  

North Yorkshire Police have released the latest scams and how to stay safe from them.  Fraudsters have been claiming to be from the HMRC, offering a tax refund due to the changes in the law around coronavirus.  

Another being online sales in hand sanitiser and face masks. Scammers have been taking money from victims online and not sending them the product. North Yorkshire Police have also released some general tips on how to protect yourself.

These include – never giving out any financial information over the phone, don’t click on any links or attachments in emails and text messages, and don’t let anyone into your home without verifying their identity.  

As Covid-19 continues to spread, fraudsters are more than likely going to use this as an opportunity to trick people out of their money and personal information.  Please look out for your community, especially those who are vulnerable, and report anything suspicious to the police.  

If you are a victim of a scam, email, text or visit your local police station. You can also report it to North Yorkshire Police on 101.

For more information on the latest scams and staying safe, visit the North Yorkshire Police website. 

Chantele Hodson