Beware Scams

People who shop at Tesco have been warned not to fall for a scam email claiming to give them free shopping and vouchers.  In emails addressed to customers of the supermarket, scammers have attempted to take advantage of the coronavirus crisis by offering them the chance to shop for free online or in store and to click on a link to register their details.  
Similar scams too purporting to be from Morrison offering free vouchers and other scams such as free Dettol or Gillette samples or competitions.  They are all trying to get you to like or share which gives them details on your contacts etc. Never click on any links from uninvited emails.    If in doubt on any scams, please contact your Bank or other organisations to check whether they have been sent by them.
Other recent scams are a text from O2 saying that a payment had failed and to avoid fees, visit the website using the link in the text and to then sign on using another screen asking for all the security details that the person used followed by credit card and bank account details.   The fake website looked exactly like the O2 official site so some people could easily fall for this scam.
Royal Mail scams via email advising that your parcel has arrived but the Courier was unable to deliver the parcel to you.   The email then asks you to pay £3.95 for this to be re-delivered and to click on a link to give your bank and other details.
Also Emails saying that the recent payment for your vehicle tax failed because there is not enough money on your debit card and that your vehicle is no longer taxed.  They suggest you use a credit card instead to avoid any other consequences and again this is a way of trying to obtain your Bank details
There are various ways of reporting scams.
A new initiative called Cyberawaregov has launched SERS – the suspicious email reporting service.   They say that if you have received an email which you are not sure about, to forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk    There is further information on the website:  www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/report-suspicious-emails
Scams can also be notified to Action Fraud on 03001232040 or via their website or to the National Trading Standards Scams Team on 03454 040506. 

Posted 28.04.2020