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Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Whittlesey and District Neighbourhood Watch

Creating safer, stronger and active communities

Online Scams Increased

After terrorist attacks, natural disasters or political unrest scammers will often increase their activities. 

Their attacks come in three main ways:

  • messages asking for help using emails, text messages or social media posts which seem to be from the victims or their families.
  • fake official emails, text messages, social media posts and phone calls claiming to represent charitable organisations.
  • providing links to traumatic or sensational footage or images connected to the incident which lead to the automatic download of spyware, ransomware or other malware.
Safeguard yourself by following this advice:
  • Do not click on links in unexpected / unsolicited emails, social media posts, instant messages, or texts.
  • Do not click on attachments in unexpected / unsolicited emails.
  • If you get a phone call asaking for donations after an inciden,t regard it as fraudulent and put the phone down.

If you become the victim of a scam, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or at www.actionfraud.police.uk