Warning over expected increase in Covid scams during lockdown

Suffolk Trading Standards has issued a warning over an expected increase in scams during lockdown. P

Suffolk Trading Standards has issued a warning over an expected increase in scams during lockdown. Photo: Dave Thompson/PA Wire. - Credit: Archant

Officials have urged people to be aware of scammers during the latest coronavirus lockdown.

After a spate of scam reports of people trying to con locals amid the previous lockdown, officers from Suffolk Trading Standards have warned businesses and residents to be on their guard.

A post on the Suffolk Trading Standards Facebook page said: “We expect to start seeing another increase in the Covid-19 related scams as we head into the second lockdown.

“Businesses need to be especially eagle-eyed when receiving any emails or text messages offering financial support.

“Never click on the link within the message and do not reply.


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“Contact your business’ bank immediately if you think you’ve been scammed.”

You can forward scam emails to the National Cyber Security Centre on report@phishing.gov.uk or forward scam text messages to 7726.

There is also information on the Coronavirus (Covid-19) financial support available to businesses via www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support

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