Coronavirus scams

Information about Coronavirus scams

Beware of fraud and scams during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Newham Council’s Trading Standards have received information that fraudsters are using the Coronavirus to extort money or try to gain access to people’s homes.

Scams include:
  • door-to-door fraudsters calling at homes and selling people bogus tests to see if they're infected with the disease, or saying they are there to conduct tests
  • a text message claiming to be from Gov.UK telling people to visit a website to obtain a Council Tax refund.
  • fake websites selling face masks.
Residents are urged not to click on any links or attachments in suspicious emails, and never respond to unsolicited messages and calls that ask for your personal or financial details.
If someone calls at your home, always ask to see identification and ask for a landline telephone number to check who they are. If they are genuine, they will understand. 
Do not let strangers into your home, particularly at this time of self-isolation and social distancing.