Scams Awareness 2020 - Coronavirus Scams

Scams are crimes that can happen to anyone. We can all take a stand to help stop them.

Our annual Scams Awareness campaign aims to help you become confident, alert consumers who know what to do when they spot a scam.

1 in 3 people in the northeast has been contacted by a scammer since the coronavirus outbreak began. It’s never been more important to Be #ScamAware.

This year protecting people against scams is more important than ever. The coronavirus crisis means more people are facing issues - from employment and debt to housing and health - resulting in more people being in vulnerable situations. Added to this, the overall heightened uncertainty and anxiety caused by the pandemic are making everyone more vulnerable and more likely to fall victim to a scam. Empowering you against scams is crucial during these uncertain times.

Coronavirus - Be aware of new scams

It's important you're aware of the many new scams around at the moment because of coronavirus. Scams to look out for include:

- advertising face masks or medical equipment at high prices

- emails or texts pretending to be from the government

- emails offering life insurance against coronavirus

- people knocking at your door and asking for money for charity

If you see emails or texts about coronavirus from someone you don't know, or from an unusual email address, don't click on any links or buy anything.

Don't give money or personal details to anyone you don't know or trust - for example someone who knocks on the door and offers to help.


There are actions we can all take to report scams, share stories and raise awareness to safeguard ourselves and others.

To find out more about identifying scams, click here

To find out more about Scams Awareness 2020, click here

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