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North Yorkshire Police have received a lot of emails from concerned North Yorkshire residents who have received suspicious emails concerning the Corona virus. This is being replicated across the country. As a result, the Government Communication headquarters (GCHQ) is asking members of the public to report suspicious emails they have received that seek to exploit fear of Covid-19 to enrich cybercriminals. The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), has launched the suspicious email reporting service with a simple request of the public: forward any dubious emails to report@phishing.gov.uk, and the NCSC’s automated scanning system will check for scam emails and remove the criminal sites.

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The Economic Crime Unit at North Yorkshire Police receive regular updates from Action Fraud, The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, National Trading Standards and other organisations highlighting new scams we are seeing which are preying on resident’s fear in the wake of the corona virus pandemic. I would draw your attention to a press release from National Trading Standards which summarises the current scams we are seeing (https://www.nationaltradingstandards.uk/news/beware-of-covid19-scams/ ). I have also attached a postcard from National Trading Standards which is a handy easy reference guide for you to print off or to circulate amongst your family and friends.

I would encourage readers of this email to visit the ‘Friends Against Scams’   website https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/ where you can sign up to become a Friend Against Scams. It is an online training session which will take around 20 minutes to complete. It will raise your awareness of fraud and give you valuable tips and tools to prevent you becoming a victim.
A reminder that online and phone scammers are just still trying to defraud victims as much as ever if not more so now. A recent scam is a text stating that it is Santander saying there has been an unusual attempt to login to your online Banking. Underneath is a link that it asks you to click on.
Do not click on this link or any other link from a text or email.
Stay safe.
Andy Fox
Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer
Economic Crime Unit, North Yorkshire Police

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