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Fraudsters target Cornavirus opportunity

Avon & Somerset Police have reported a marked increase in fraud related to the Cornavirus. During the past six weeks more than 100 victims have been identified with losses in excess of £970,000.

In addition we understand from Action Fraud that more than 200 reports have been received of Coronavirus-themed phishing emails. These attempt to trick people into opening malicious email attachments or reveal sensitive personal and financial information.

As ever these scams are targeted to attack the elderly and vulnerable.

Please be aware of this, alert and look to help neighbours and friends who are vulnerable.

Watch out for scam messages – don’t click on the links or attachments in suspicious emails and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details.

Shopping online – if you’re making a purchase from a company or person you don’t know or trust, carry out some research first and ask a friend or family member for advice before completing the purchase. Where possible use a credit card to make the payment, as most major credit card providers insure online purchases.

Protect your devices from the latest threats – always install the latest software and app updates to protect your devices from the latest threats.

You should know that Avon & Somerset Police have said that so far they are not aware of people in the force area being targeted. However they are concerned this is only a matter of time.

If you think you have been a victim then please contact the Police via www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact or by calling 101.

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