Avoid these Current Scams
Jun 24, 2020
Posted by: JudyB
We all need to be aware of new online scams around. Here's some useful info and tips to make sure you avoid them.
- The Guardian reports on the top online shopping scams experienced by Nat West customers. They include Nintendo switches, hot tubs and pedigree dogs, with many examples of items being paid for and not arriving. This press release and blog contain examples, tips and steps for you to safeguard themselves and others.
- HMRC is warning students about cyber frauds offering bogus tax refunds. Emails invite students to click on a link to ‘complete the required form’. Scammers then steal personal and financial data. HMRC’s advice is to recognise genuine HMRC contact and avoid and report scams; check suspicious emails or texts against GOV.UK examples; and forward suspicious emails to firstname.lastname@example.org and texts to 60599.
- Businesses get scammed as well as consumers - see examples of what businesses can look out for and steps to take to protect themselves.
- DVLA log book address changes - The Guardian reported that ‘Copycat websites creep back to the top of Google’ - a timely reminder of the need to check that you select the official gov.uk link for government services such as changing the address on a driving licence, now available as an online service.