There truly is no rest for the wicked. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, so do the scams from cyber criminals.

Fake Amazon emails

Amazon Prime users have been receiving emails containing an “order confirmation” for an item they never purchased, or have received a “refund notification” detailing an issue found with a recent purchase.

A “refund notification” email has been reported to contain a reference number (e.g. 2550CGE), a link to update your billing address and a timeframe in which you will receive your refund.

These Amazon phishing scams have become so common that Amazon have set-up a help page to want their customers.

HMRC urges universities to warn new students of tax scams danger

University students have been warned by HM Revenue, through their Universities, to aware that they could be targeted by tax scams.

In August this year, HMRC received a total of 74,800 reports about scam emails, texts and phone calls. Nearly 41,300 of these scams were bogus tax rebates.

 

Mystery shopper recruitment scam

Fraudsters have been targeting job seekers, using recruitment websites and apps, and offering them an opportunity to be a “mystery shopper” for the mobile phone network the fraudsters is an “employee” at.

The fraudsters convince the victims to take out a mobile phone network out, drop the phone off at a drop off location and are told the contract will be cancelled immediately. However, this isn’t the case and the reality is that these people are left paying for a phone contract- for a phone they no longer own.

 

Fake Dating profiles

The police are currently working with Dating websites, including Match Group, to bring awareness to the warning signs of romance fraud.

Action Fraud released the following list of signs to watch out for, including:

  • Someone declaring their love for you very quickly.
  • Making up excuses to not video chat or meet in person.
  • Asking you for financial help.
  • Them insisting on keeping the relationship private.