Challenges in our life come without any prior notice or maybe without any reason. The ongoing pandemic has led to economic crisis all over the world. Several people have found themselves in a situation where they are struggling for the surviving options. We don’t know when we are going to get rid of this disease.
Nevertheless, the problem doesn’t end here. Many financial scammers have found new ways to cheat people during COVID-19. Some people might recognize them beforehand, but some fall into their trap, losing many pounds.
There are always ways to take note of everything that is being done by such people to save yourself and your family members.
Cyber Criminals find a way to exploit people by targeting individuals, businesses, and corporations to gain money by showcasing a vulnerable aspect to manipulate them emotionally. Before you know it, you have fallen into their trap, and they get away with it.
Donations for NHS
Many people ask for a donation for the NHS to buy medical supplies for people. We become soft-hearted and often donate some pounds. However, these scammers take advantage of such vulnerability to conduct blatant theft.
If you want to contribute to better medical facilities to fight this deadly virus, then go to your local hospitals to donate some amount. That way, you can directly help the hospitals and patients without becoming a victim of any scam.
Suspicious messages on your phone
Have you ever received a message that looked like being sent by the Government authority notifying about you being fined because of stepping out of the house during the nation-wide lockdown? Well, don’t believe such messages and delete them right away.
Apart from this, these scammers send an SMS to you portraying themselves as banks or Governments asking you to click on the website that looks like a real one.
They ask you to enter your details, luring you in the name of a scheme or lottery to take your money. Never click on such links as they are straight away the case of Phishing.
This one is prevalent, yet many people have been a victim of such a scam. Many people send emails with a heading that is so believable that people automatically click on them to follow what they ask for. They will ask for your personal data by leading you to a website. With this data, they steal your money.
Sometimes, you can get an email from someone who looks like a trusted source. However, they are not, and they are trying to steal your information and your hard-earned money.
The easiest way is to check carefully the email address from where the email has been sent. You can use the internet to search whether such a company uses such an email or not. If you find it suspicious, then you can mark it as a spam email.
Malicious Websites and apps in the name of COVID-19
Imagine you are searching for something about COVID-19 and see a website with Coronavirus information. You immediately click it and follow the information given by them to defraud you.
Specific mobile applications are created to look like a COVID-19 tracker that makes you allow access to your details like contacts, camera, and audio. They use the contacts on your phone to demand ransom from the user.
Do you sometimes feel like I need money now but find it hard to decide where to go? Always trust a credible source for contacting direct lenders in the UK to avoid any mishappening.
Lenders neither ask for fees for providing you with any loans like long term, short term, or joint loans nor ask for your personal bank details such as net banking id and password or your CVV number on credit/debit card.
Other Online Frauds to keep in mind
You can get a call or email from scammers posing as executives from your bank asking you to transfer your bank account to another branch of the bank. They take all your information and get access to your money.
Fraudsters also use popular web meeting chat rooms like Zoom, Skype, or Microsoft Team to hack into your ID, especially if they are without passwords.
Many online websites offer PPE kits which, when you pay for, will never get delivered. You can also get a job offer in your email id asking for registration fees first to get you a job. Don’t fall for such scams and always check before taking any action.
These scammers use the urgency to scam you and don’t want you to have any minute to think about it. Whenever you get into a situation discussed above, then take a step back and think about it.
Review the communication and if you find it any suspicious, then contact the bank or government authority to report it. Only believe credible sources for any information.