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Scammers Exploit Coronavirus to Steal Personal Information

The market dip, council tax reduction or small business grant? These are some of the ways scammers are trying to trick local people into handing over sensitive information.

Scammers are posing as investors, the local authority and government departments to device people into giving their personal information like their address can card information.

A police spokesperson said: “In some cases people are urged to ‘take advantage of the financial downturn’, using emails and social media platforms to advertise fake investment opportunities in cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin.

“Others include criminals offering their assistance with Universal Credit applications, while taking some of the payment as a fee for their ‘services’.”

Now police in Highland Perthshire are warning locals to stop, challenge and protect themselves in the face of offers which seem too good to be true.

To take the first step, the police say: “Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.”

Then to try and challenge a potential scammer they to ask: “Could it be fake? It’s ok to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.”

Finally, if this wasn’t enough and you think scammers might have made you a victim of theirs, the police say: “Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Police Scotland.”

Following this link will take you to the place to report possible fraud: https://www.scotland.police.uk/contact-us/report-fraud
More information about fraud can be found on: https://www.scotland.police.uk/keep-safe/advice-for-victims-of-crime/fraud/

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