Protecting Yourself Against Scams
Unfortunately, even during a national crisis there are still people who will try and take advantage of others.
Over the last few weeks there has sadly been an increase in Coronavirus (COVID-19) related scams. Some of these scams are via texts, emails, phone calls and even people within towns.
So please be extra vigilant.
If you are unsure about any information or requests you receive always check first. There are many way you can check if something is a scam below are some links that will help you.
Citizens Advice Consumer Service can offer support if you or someone you know has been scammed. They will give you advice on what to do next.
You can visit their website (https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/wales/) or details of the local branch for Merthyr Tydfil are below
Citizens advice also have an online scam checker here
Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime where you should report fraud if you have been scammed, defrauded or experienced cyber crime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
For Coronavirus (COVID-19) specific information you can visit the website here https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/covid19
Friends Against Scams is a National Trading Standards Scams Team initiative which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams by empowering people to take a stand against scams.