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Current Scams

By Mrs Wendy Licence Stalisfield Parish Council

Thursday, 23 December 2021

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Here are a few of the current scams in circulation nationally and internationally:

  • Door-to-door scam where a visitor claims to be from the Health Authority to test you for Covid-19. You do not have to open your door to anyone you don’t know and aren’t expecting.
  • Telephone scam where someone claiming to work for the police, hospital, a bank or other service cold calls and says they are raising money or require payment for a local cause or service. Never respond to an unexpected call by giving away cash, cards, PINs, bank details or personal information – no matter how tempting or convincing the caller may seem.
  • Text or Email scams asking you to click on a link in order to obtain a Covid Passport and requesting payment and/or asking for your personal and financial data. Remember Covid Passports are free of charge and the NHS would never request a payment or ask for financial/personal data.
  • Text and email scams claiming to be from HMRC, saying you are eligible for a tax refund. Never click a link or give out your bank details or personal information in response to an unsolicited email or text – no matter how tempting or convincing the message may seem.

  • Text and email scams offering a separate covid test for Omicron, which requests that you click on a link and then requests a payment and/or personal and financial data. Remember Covid PCR and Lateral flow tests are free of charge from the NHS and they would never request a payment or ask for personal/financial data.

If you receive a suspicious email then forward to report@phishing.gov.uk and suspicious text messages to 7726 (SPAM).

Remember:

  • Never assume or believe a message or offer is genuine – always confirm by contacting a trusted number or team like Action Fraud, a family member, friend or your bank’s fraud department to check.
  • Report scams at www.actionfraud.police.uk – and contact your bank’s fraud team straight away if any money or bank details have been handed over.
  • Get the latest scam advice by following @KentPoliceECU or @Kent_Police on twitter.

Contact Information

Mrs Wendy Licence

  • 01622 739324

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