Today’s topic is ‘scams and fake news’
As people slowly begin to tentatively return to work, things are slowly beginning to return to a semblance of mormality. That said, there is still a vast army of people who are working from home or not working at all. These people are especially vulnerable to cybercrime, Scam calls, & fake news directed at them. Trident Security Solutions Ltd, is using our platform to keep business & individuals abreast of some of the latest scams & security issues currently In circulation.
Mainstream media continue to report that false information is still a major concern during the coronavirus outbreak. A recent report from the BBC describes doctors and paramedics dealing with elements of misinformation on social media that COVID-19 was a mild illness, or remedies such as gargling salt water would help.
Trading Standards are seeking to halt sales of a device (a USB key costing £339.60) that claims to offer protection against the supposed dangers of 5G; “thanks to the wearable holographic nano-layer catalyser”. The device appears identical to a £5 USB key, with the addition of a sticker.
Scam texts purporting to be from Sky, GOVUK and HMRC are being seen and reported locally, with examples given below:
“I received notification of the Sky engineers visit earlier in the week scheduled for 1 June and a text message from the Sky messaging service on Sunday as a reminder and the engineer called yesterday. I have changed my sky password, blocked this number and deleted the message.”
“Just had a call from 01227 126302, a recorded message from HMRC stating there was a tax fraud against my name. I didn’t get to the end of the message deleted and blocked the number.”
“GOVUK: You may be eligible for a COVID-19 relief fund of up to Â£1,500.00 please complete the application form with the link below to check your eligibility.”
The link appears to be a gov.uk form on google docs. First page asks for name and address.
CIFAS warn of a new HMRC scam, specifically targeting people who are out of work or working less due to coronavirus. The scam claims to offer thousands in grants and recipients are told to click a link to check eligibility. The questions asked on this link are designed to steal personal information. The email address used in this scam is: HMRC@hotmail.com.
Courier Fraud: Criminals impersonating bank officials and police officers, is still a hot topic.
Key advice: Can you always trust who is on the end of the line?
• When in conversation with someone you don’t know, before answering a question make sure they need to know the information that they’re asking about.
• Don’t get caught up in the story being told; a sense of pressure should be a red flag.
• Hang up, wait five minutes, make sure you can hear a dial tone before making any other calls, or use your
Verify any unexpected contact is genuine by using a known number or email address to contact organisations directly. You can report all fraud & Cybercrime to Action Fraud by calling 03001232040 or online.
As I have alluded to in past posts, Trident Security Solutions Ltd strenuously follow & adhere to all security guidelines, as well as government & cross sector information. It is our pleasure to pass on our knowledge & expertise.
As ever, we hope you found this information both informative & intuitive. If you require any further information on the issues discussed, or anything security related, please do not hesitate to contact the Trident team.
Donovan Snape our Operations Manager for Trident Security Solutions Ltd. Donovan is highly motivated individual with vast and extensive knowledge in the security industry which was gained whilst working in the industry over 20 years. He has proven record of leading and managing substantial teams over the years and has been a great mentor to many operatives in security industry. Donovan is fully committed to provide utmost professional service, exercising compelling leadership and maintaining high standard of work provided to our clientele.