Coronavirus/COVID-19 – Scammers active in Kent!
Covid-19 pandemic fraud (1)
Scammers and criminals are already looking for opportunities to scam people as a result of the Coronavirus / COVID-19 pandemic. Happily, there are many more stories of kindness and generosity but we want to make people aware of the scams as they emerge – which they seem to be on a daily basis. We have received reports from Kent Police of people door-knocking and claiming to be from the Health Authority.
- The criminal knocks on your door.
- They claim to be from the Health Authority.
- They offer to do COVID-19 testing on residents.
- There are also reports of the criminal offering to take the residents temperature.
THIS IS A SCAM!
What to do:
- Do not let them in.
- Do not allow them to take any money or details from you.
- Report to Kent Police on 101.
- If you ask them to leave and they don’t, contact the police on 999.
Please warn vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours.
Phishing attacks Dealing with suspicious emails
What is phishing? Make yourself a harder target Phishing is when criminals attempt to trick people into doing ‘the wrong thing’, such as clicking a link to a dodgy website.
Phishing can be conducted via a text message, social media, or by phone, but the term ‘phishing’ is mainly used to describe attacks that arrive by email.
Criminals send phishing emails to millions of people, asking for sensitive information (like bank details), or containing links to bad websites. Some phishing emails may contain viruses disguised as harmless attachments, which are activated when opened. Please click attached link for information about this – Phishing – Guide
PCSO, Police Community Support Officer for Walmer can be contacted when on duty on 101 or email email@example.com.
PLEASE NOTE: It is important to remember that PCSO’s are not police officers and crime incidents should be reported to the police as normal using 999 for emergencies and 101 for non-emergency incidents. There is also a new Anti-Social Behaviour Unit which is operating from Dover and can be contacted on 01304 872220 (staffed during normal working hours).