£800,000 LOST TO CORONAVIRUS SCAMS SINCE FEBRUARY WARNS ACTION FRAUD

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Hundreds of thousands of pounds have been lost to scams relating to coronavirus in the past month, according to Action Fraud.

Since February, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has identified 21 reports of fraud where coronavirus was mentioned, with victim losses totalling over £800,000.

Of the 21 reports, 10 were made by victims that attempted to purchase protective face masks from fraudulent sellers. 1 victim reported losing over £15,000 when they purchased face masks that were never delivered.

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Action Fraud has received multiple reports about coronavirus-themed phishing emails attempting to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive personal and financial information.

A spokesperson or Action Fraud said:

“One common tactic used by fraudsters is to contact potential victims over email purporting to be from research organisation’s affiliated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“They claim to be able to provide the recipient with a list of coronavirus infected people in their area. In order to access this information, the victim needs to click on a link, which leads to a malicious website, or is asked to make a payment in Bitcoin.”

Reporting numbers are expected to rise as the virus continues to spread across the world.

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Daemy
Daemy
1 year ago

“1 victim reported losing over £15,000 when they purchased face masks that were never delivered.”
so someone was either incredibly gullible to pay £15K for a few facemasks (which are of questionable effect for preventing being infected by this virus) or they were trying to buy in bulk, presumably to make loads of money selling them (at a massive profit, no doubt) to people who they con in to believing that face masks are effective protection.

That said, .. “21 reports of fraud …, with victim losses totalling over £800,000”
That’s an average of £38K for each report,.. so the rest of the 21 people who reported a fraud, were even more gullible or profiteering than the one who allegedly lost £15K

(or perhaps the whole report is untrue)

Ken
Ken
1 year ago

There are some thick idiots on this planet

Seay
Seay
1 year ago

Action Fraud are useless. I was conned over an item, I reported it to them, and the ad was still online, but they take months to get back to you, and by then God knows how many others were conned.

John Stitch
John Stitch
1 year ago

“1 victim reported losing over £15,000 when they purchased face masks that were never delivered.”
Sent by Hermes I guess?

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