Warning to Islanders after nationwide surge in Covid-19 scams

The Jersey Fraud Prevention Forum (Forum) is asking Islanders to be alert to coronavirus-related scams and frauds after members of the public and businesses across the UK have lost £ 2 million* to fraudsters since the start of the pandemic.  

The States of Jersey Police are aware that coronavirus scammers are targeting the Island although, to date they have not received any reports of residents losing money.

Forum Chairman, Detective Chief Inspector Chris Beechey, hopes raising awareness will prevent local residents falling victim: 

“Scammers are taking advantage of people’s vulnerability and fear to try to steal life savings and personal information. We have seen many scams circulating in the Island, including bogus shopping vouchers, fake text messages claiming to be from the UK Government, phishing attempts on businesses, and even the sale of unapproved Covid-19 medicines and imitation products.

With many of us working and schooling from home, we are a captive audience for criminals so we’re reminding everyone to be extra vigilant. Don’t share your personal information, unless you are sure you know who you are dealing with and only purchase medicines and products from authorised retailers and pharmacies. Equally, if you are approached about holiday refunds, offers of financial support, or donations for charitable causes, make sure they are legitimate.”

The Forum is dedicating its latest newsletter to advice and information for all the family about coronavirus scams and frauds. Forum partner Jersey Post will deliver the newsletter to all Island home next week.

*Figures sourced from Action Fraud (actionfraud.co.uk)