Consumers who are being isolated to their homes due to the Coronavirus outbreak are at risk from the escalated epidemic of scam phone calls that are specifically targeting the vulnerable.
CPR Call Blocker, makers of the UK’s best-selling call blocking device, is predicting that scammers and fraudsters will be ready to strike and take advantage of the situation if the UK goes into lockdown, as has happened in Italy, forcing people to stay at home and is warning people to be on their guard for a rise in bogus calls.
In a bid to beat the scammers who are likely to take advantage of this extraordinary situation, CPR Call Blocker has compiled the top five active scams that people should watch out for over the next few weeks as the Coronavirus situation unfolds:
1. Fake Bank Calls
Pretending to be from your bank informing that you are eligible for coronavirus emergency relief funding. They ask to confirm your bank details so they can send you this money. They may ask for your account, card and PIN details. They may also advise transferring your money to a ‘safe’ account to protect it. A bank would never ask you to do this.
2. Fake HMRC Calls
Calls from people claiming to be from the HM Revenue & Customs and that you are owed a tax refund due to Coronavirus. They leave a message asking you to call back. HMRC would never contact you in this way and ask for personal information and bank details.
3. Fake Coronavirus Cures
Shameless scammers may call, attempting to sell you a 'Coronavirus cure'. The fake cures include multi-vitamins, 'health drinks' and herbs. These claims are bogus and hold no scientific evidence.
4. Fake Health Care Calls
Phishing phone calls impersonating entities such as the World Health Organisation. They will never contact you directly.
While the list is not exhaustive, CPR Call Blocker hopes to make people aware that scammers are becoming more inventive and if something sounds too good to be true or out of the ordinary, then it could well be a scam.
If you want to stop receiving scam and nuisance calls, follow CPR Call Blocker’s quick three-step guide to stopping unwanted calls:
· Sign up to the Telephone Preference Service – call 0845 070 0707 or visit www.tpsonline.org.uk.
· Don’t consent to being contacted – get your phone number taken off directories and look out for tick boxed on all marketing correspondence to see if ticking or unticking them will prevent your details being passed on to third parties.
· Consider getting a call blocker.
CPR Call Blocker is the best-selling and most trusted call blocker brand in the UK and is pre-programmed with thousands of known nuisance callers. The CPR suite of call blockers are available from www.cprcallblocker.com or www.amazon.co.uk or by calling 0800 652 7780.
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