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Action Fraud and Scams

Action Fraud have received reports of #COVID19 related scams. The majority relate to the online sale of protective items such as facemasks and other items in short supply due to the outbreak, that don’t exist..

What scams are we seeing?

The majority of reports are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser and other products, which have never arrived. Other frauds being reported include ticket fraud, romance fraud, charity fraud and lender loan fraud

Protection advice

Detailed counter fraud advice is available online, including from Scamsmart, ActionFraud, CIFAS, TakeFive, Citizens Advice, Trading Standards and the National Cyber Security Centre.

Reporting to Action Fraud can be done online at or by calling 0300 123 2040.

To report offers of financial assistance from HMRC contact

Sixty and Me Guide to Scams

We’ve just published a guide detailing the common scams targeting older adults, which includes a video from our founder Margaret Manning –

It’s a deep dive into 10+ common scams including ways to avoid them. Hopefully, it proves useful as it is clear that elder fraud is going vastly under-reported with research suggesting it has become a $27 billion a year problem in the US alone.