Coronavirus: Fraud victims have lost more than £4.6m to virus-related scams – By Martin Brunt (Sky News) / May 29 2020
While the country grapples with a dangerous virus, fraudsters see it as just another way to con people.
Fraud victims have lost more than £4.6m to coronavirus-related scams during the lockdown.
More than 2,000 victims lost cash through fake online goods sales, bogus cold-calls, non-existent pension plans and other frauds.
Another 11,206 people claim to have been victims of email (phishing) and text (smishing) attempts to trick them into giving out personal details.
The figures were released by Actionfraud, the UK’s online centre for reporting fraud and cyber crime.