Adam French, Which? Consumer Rights Expert, said:
“Impersonating legitimate organisations or government officials is a common tactic scammers use to reel in victims, and worryingly the coronavirus outbreak has created the perfect breeding ground for these types of scams.
“The best way for consumers to protect themselves is to remain vigilant and take extra precautions before clicking on any unsolicited emails, texts or answering calls. Make sure your computers, mobile phones and tablets are supported by the latest security updates, and consider installing antivirus software to minimise threats.”
Notes to editor
Which? is a non-profit organisation working to make life simpler, fairer and safer for consumers during the coronavirus crisis. Which? is making a range of news, advice and guides available for free for anyone who needs it at https://www.which.co.uk/news/coronavirus/
Which? advice on spotting scams is available here: https://www.which.co.uk/news/2020/03/coronavirus-scams-how-to-spot-them-and-stop-them