Avoiding Coronavirus scams - 24/04/2020

Staying Safe from Scams During COVID-19

As most of us spend this time staying inside our homes, and only leaving for essential shopping or to exercise, we are spending much more time online and on the phone. As a result, on Friday 20 March, the City of London Police reported a 400% increase in scams. As a result of coronavirus-related fraud.

According to Which?* these scams range from “emails that come with a nasty payload of malware and those sending you to phishing sites, to reports of criminals knocking on front doors offering to go shopping for people who are self-isolating at home.”

The Financial Conduct Authority has set out tactics to look out for and a guide on how to protect yourself from scams which you can find here*.

If you would like to talk to a member of the team here at gpfm, please don’t hesitate to get in touch over email enquiries@gpfm.co.uk or call 01992 500 261.

This article is for information only and must not be considered as financial advice. We always recommend that you seek independent financial advice before making any financial decisions. Investments can go down as well as up and you may get back less than you invested.

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