Beware the COVID-19 scams

Prevent yourself and others from being tricked by these COVID-19 scams.

Understandably, the coronavirus pandemic has caused feelings of fear, uncertainty and worry in many people around the world. It’s in these moments that we need to come together, support each other and make sure everyone is well-informed on the situation.

However, there are some criminals exploiting the fears surrounding COVID-19 to prey on impressionable victims. In particular, the older and vulnerable demographic who are isolated from friends and family.

On 24 March 2020, the National Trading Standards published a press release to raise awareness of the issue. The press release highlighted the various ways these criminals are scamming members of the public. These methods include:

  • Doorstep crime
  • Online scams
  • Refund scams
  • Donation scams
  • Telephone scams
  • Counterfeit goods
  • Loan sharks

You can learn more about these scamming methods in the full press release on

Please ensure you alert your vulnerable loved ones to this issue. Encourage them to only trust sources of information and advice from reputable sources such as the NHS, government or World Health Organisation websites. We’ve listed some sources below:

For regularly-updated information surrounding COVID-19, see our post ‘COVID-19: Latest updated information on the virus’.

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