Action Fraud is warning the public to be vigilant of unsolicited emails promoting cryptocurrency (Bitcoin) investment opportunities. They have received over 750 reports in one week about Bitcoin-related phishing emails that use fake celebrity endorsements to try to lure victims into investment scams. The links in the emails lead to fraudulent websites that are designed to steal your money, as well as personal and financial information.
How you can protect yourself
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Devon and Cornwall Police has received reports of residents receiving scam cold calls regarding their National Insurance number. The person calling informs the resident that their National Insurance number has been compromised or used in some way, or a variation of this, and that a new National Insurance number will need to be issued. Personal details are asked for. Please be cautious of any unexpected calls. If you have any doubts about what is being asked of you or instructed by a cold caller, hang up the phone. A legitimate company or organisation will not put pressure on you or rush you.
If you have passed on any personal information to a cold caller please phone Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or make a report (opens in a new tab or window) via the website https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/. If you have given out any financial information please phone your bank or building society immediately and then make contact with Action Fraud.
Over the past few weeks there has been an increase in phishing emails, and more recently text messages being sent to individuals stating they are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. These texts purport to be from the NHS and the link in it takes you to a very convincing looking NHS website whereby you are asked to confirm your identity by providing your payment card details. Genuine NHS communications will never ask for payment details. Please delete any such communications immediately. For further information on Covid-19 related scams, view this poster (opens in a new tab or window), visit Take Five to Stop Fraud (opens in a new tab or window) and for general cyber security advice for individuals, Cyber Aware (opens in a new tab or window) is a great site to use.
There is a possibility that scammers may try to exploit the NHS or local (Devon) Test and Trace service. Please remember that genuine contact tracers will NEVER:
The ONLY website the genuine service will ask you to visit is: contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk.
If the national Test and Trace team have been unable to reach you when necessary, the ONLY telephone number the local NHS Test and Trace team will call you from is: 01392 [Exeter] 383500.