Coronavirus: Scam Protection

Friends Against Scams

Friends Against Scams aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams. To learn more about the different types of scams visit

For advice on scams:

Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 11 33

To report a scam call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040

Contact your bank if you think you have been scammed.

Things to be aware of:

  • Virus testing kits - these are only offered by NHS.
  • Vaccines or miracle cures – there is currently no vaccine or cure.
  • Overpriced or fake goods to protect yourself from coronavirus such as anti-bacterial products.
  • Shopping or medication collection services.
  • Home cleaning services.

If someone claims to represent a charity, ask them for ID. Be suspicious of requests for money upfront. If someone attempts to pressurise you into accepting a service they are unlikely to be genuine. Check with family and friends before accepting offers of help if you are unsure.

Stories of Hope

Please share your stories of how you are responding on social media using the hashtag #peopleofhope