Bipolar UK have received various reports of criminals who are seeking to use the coronavirus pandemic to scam people out of their money and personal information.

As the UK continues a lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has urged people to be wary of a variety of frauds that have emerged alongside the virus.

Bipolar UK's supporters and service users are urged to ignore scam products such as testing kits, supplements and anti-virus kits that falsely claim to cure or prevent COVID-19. In some cases individuals may be pressurised on their own doorsteps to buy anti-virus kits or persuaded into purchasing products that are advertised on their social media feeds. In addition, some call centres that previously targeted UK consumers with dubious health products are now offering supplements that supposedly prevent COVID-19.

The National Trading Trading Standards website has a comprehensive breakdown of the types of scams and how to avoid falling victim to them.

Where they are able, communities are also being urged to look out for signs of neighbours being targeted by doorstep criminals. While there are genuine groups of volunteers providing help during self-isolation, there have been reports of criminals preying on residents – often older people or people living with long-term health conditions.

If you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action FraudStay safe, stay smart, stay vigilant.

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