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Lockdown Scams                                                                                             
Criminals have been swift to seize on lockdown, targeting people with fake emails, texts and phone calls. Figures obtained by The Daily Telegraph from UK Finance, the banking trade body, revealed that the number of impersonation scams, in which fraudsters pretended to be a trusted authority, doubled in 2020 to 39,360 cases. Victims were robbed of £150.3 million from their bank accounts – an average of £4,000 per scam. 
 
Here's a couple of samples received by members recently.
Santander Scam
There’s an email circulating which says, “As a result of new regulation coming into effect in March, in addition to providing your ID and security numbers, you will need to confirm identity either through our convenient mobile banking app or by providing a one time passcode which is sent to your phone.”
It is sent from reply@banks.santander. Don’t be fooled, it’s another scam!
This could be a clever little French job as Chronopost appears to be a genuine French company.
However, this is clearly a scam attempt taking advantage of the fact that since Brexit, there may be Customs Duty to be paid on some goods.
As far as we’re aware, Amazon make their own deliveries and, in any case, any ‘Duty’ due on goods supplied would be included in the price which you would have to pay before the goods are despatched.
There are many scams around at the moment.  Be highly suspicious of any unsolicited phone calls or emails you receive. DO NOT CLICK ON ANY LINKS PROVIDED OR ENTER ANY NUMBERS REQUESTED BY TEXT OR PHONE CALL.
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If you receive a scam email, do not click on anything in it, but forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk

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