Watch out for conmen
CRIMINALS are exploiting the coronavirus outbreak to con people out of money, police have warned.
Action Fraud says there has been a surge in people reporting frauds related to the pandemic, with online scams where people have ordered protective masks, hand sanitisers and other products that did not arrive netting almost £1 million.
There have been more than 200 reports about coronavirus-themed phishing emails, which attempt to trick people into opening malicious attachments or revealing sensitive details.
The Local Government Association has warned elderly and vulnerable people who are self-isolating to beware of cold callers pretending to be neighbours or council officials, and has advised people not to give cash or cards upfront to people they do not already know.