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Watch Out For Coronavirus Scams

The Jersey Fraud Prevention Forum is urging islanders to keep an eye out for coronavirus-related scams.

It's after reports in the UK that people and businesses there have lost more than £2million since the pandemic began.

Jersey Police say it's aware of coronavirus scammers targeting the island, but that there have been no reports of anyone losing any money here.

Scams circulating Jersey in the past few weeks include bogus shopping vouchers, fake text messages claiming to be from the UK government and the sale of unapproved Covid-19 medicines.

"Scammers are taking advantage of people’s vulnerability and fear to try to steal life savings and personal information. We have seen many scams circulating in the Island, including bogus shopping vouchers, fake text messages claiming to be from the UK Government, phishing attempts on businesses, and even the sale of unapproved Covid-19 medicines and imitation products.

"With many of us working and schooling from home, we are a captive audience for criminals so we’re reminding everyone to be extra vigilant. Don’t share your personal information, unless you are sure you know who you are dealing with and only purchase medicines and products from authorised retailers and pharmacies. Equally, if you are approached about holiday refunds, offers of financial support, or donations for charitable causes, make sure they are legitimate." - Detective Chief Inspector Chris Beechey, Forum Chairman.

A newsletter is being sent to all Jersey homes this week with advice to avoid falling victim to such scams.

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