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Spalding-area residents warned against coronavirus scanners

A warning has been issued about scammers who may try to profit from the coronavirus situation.

Lincolnshire's deputy police and crime commissioner Stuart Tweedale says we need to be aware there are those who will use the pandemic to exploit others for their own benefit.

He said: "I want to highlight the appalling situation that fraudulent emails, phone calls, text messages, posts via social media, even those who call at our doors and claim to be helping are using coronavirus as a cover story.

Scammers are trying to profit from coronavirus (31943535)
Scammers are trying to profit from coronavirus (31943535)

"Fraudsters will then attempt to get recipients to disclose personal or financial information or click on links that may contain malware – which then will be used for their own fraudulent purposes."

If you receive any such telephone calls emails etc, then contact:

  • Lincs Police on 101;
  • Action Fraud: www.actionfraud.police.uk or 0300 1232040;
  • Citizens Advice Scam Advice helpline 0808 250 5050 from 9am-5pm.

For information, visit these websites:

  • takefive-stopfraud.org.uk
  • www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk

A key message to remember is Take Five – STOP – CHALLENGE - PROTECT

  • Stop: Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe;
  • Challenge: Could it be fake? Its okay to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you;
  • Protect: Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.

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