Police warns after an increase in online scams selling face masks
The Cleveland Police has warned the public regarding the increasing number of Coronavirus related scams involving face masks. Officers claim that a number of reports of phishing emails advertising face masks have been received by the Action Force.
Police are warning members of the public over scams aimed at selling face masks. There have been reports of phishing emails, telephone scams and online deliveries which have not shown up.
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The scam emails are playing on the rumors that the public may be urged to wear masks outside when the lockdown is removed. A number of people have ordered large sums of masks online but have not received them yet.
Some people have also reported receiving telephone calls with an automated message claiming to be from the government. The message urges people to wear masks while going outside and asks them to “Press one” on the keypad to purchase a face mask.
Action Force officials are insisting the public to stay watchful and avoid giving any personal or banking details over the phone – something which the police are restating.