Cifas weekly Covid-19 scam update

Cifas, the UK’s leading fraud prevention service, is highlighting the latest coronavirus scams from the past week, and warning the public to stay vigilant of the ever-changing tactics that scammers are using to extract money and information.

Scams notified to Cifas include the use of false FOI requests for business grant applications and fraudsters targeting families organising funerals for loved ones by contacting them and purporting to be from their local authority’s bereavement services team and asking them for credit card details to pay their funeral director.

Amber Burridge, Head of Fraud Intelligence for Cifas, said: ‘Each week we see fraudsters adopting new ways to steal money and information from innocent members of the public. Remember that criminals are preying on people’s fear and anxieties around the pandemic, so never be rushed or pressured into giving anyone your bank or personal details – even if the request appears to be legitimate.