BEWARE OF CURRENT SCAMS
Here are a few of the current scams in circulation nationally and internationally:
• Church scam email: If you receive an email from Revd David Commander asking you to contact him urgently about something DO NOT reply by email. This is a scam that it currently occurring in parishes where someone is creating email accounts in the name of vicars and using them to contact congregation members. The message asks the recipient to contact the vicar urgently about a “delicate issue” or “urgent matter” but not to phone. It seems that anyone who replies directly to the email will be asked to hand over cash or vouchers.
• Door-to-door scam where a visitor claims to be from the Health Authority to test you for Covid-19. You do not have to open your door to anyone you don’t know and aren’t expecting.
• Telephone scam where someone claiming to work for the police, hospital, a bank or other service cold calls and says they are raising money or require payment for a local cause or service. Never respond to an unexpected call by giving away cash, cards, PINs, bank details or personal information – no matter how tempting or convincing the caller may seem.
• Text scam disguised as an alert from HMRC, offering a goodwill payment during the current Covid-19 situation if you click on a link and provide personal and bank details. Never click a link or give out your bank details or personal information in response to an unsolicited email or text – no matter how tempting or convincing the message may seem.
• Text scam claiming to be from Gov.uk, which says you have been recorded and fined for leaving your home during an isolation period, and asks you to click a link for more details. Never respond to unexpected emails, click on links or attachments, or provide bank details or personal information – no matter how tempting or convincing the message may seem.
• Online shopping scam offering protective equipment including face masks, hand sanitiser and other products which never arrive. Only use reputable websites that you know and trust, make sure you see a padlock symbol when making a purchase, and where possible use a credit card which has insurance for online payments.
• Text and email scams claiming to be from HMRC, saying you are eligible for a tax refund. Never click a link or give out your bank details or personal information in response to an unsolicited email or text – no matter how tempting or convincing the message may seem.
• Never assume or believe a message or offer is genuine – always confirm by a contacting a trusted number or team like Action Fraud, a family member, friend or your bank’s fraud department to check.
• Report scams at www.actionfraud.police.uk – and contact your bank’s fraud team straight away if any money or bank details have been handed over.
• Get the latest scam advice by following @KentPoliceECU or @Kent_Police on twitter.