Beware of COVID-19 scams

  • 28 Oct 2020

Unfortunately during the covid crisis, instances of cyber crime and scams have been increasing, as well as finding new ways to target small business owners.

One of the latest scams relates to COVID-19 spot checks.  We understand that an individual from a third-party company presents at a premises with a ‘Letter of Authority’ from the HSE.

 

The HSE have confirmed that this letter is not legitimate and that any visit to a premises will be conducted by an official HSE inspector with the appropriate HSE ID.

When an HSE inspector calls:

•  Whilst HSE inspectors have the authority to enter your workplace, they must still follow the government’s code of practice on entering businesses.

•  In all cases local access and security procedures must be properly followed.

•  The HSE can be contacted on 0300 790 6787 (08.30am to 5pm) and will be able to confirm whether a visit is legitimate or not.

Further Cyber Crime Resources:

FSB has put together some key advice for staying safe online during the covid crisis:

https://www.fsb.org.uk/resources-page/coronavirus-cyber-crime-how-to-stay-safe-online.html

Don’t forget that FSB members have access to FSB Cyber Protection, which gives you access to both an advice line and a limited insurance designed to support and protect your business at no extra cost.

 

https://www.fsb.org.uk/join-us/membership/cyber-protection.html

FSB East Midlands team run a regular Cyber Security Forum to discuss issues and emerging scams and how members can protect themselves. Keep checking our regional events to join the next one: https://www.fsb.org.uk/event-calendar.html?within=30&region=51621292

Other useful websites that offer advice on COVID-19 scams:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-fraud-and-cyber-crime/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-on-how-to-protect-yourself-and-your-business-from-fraud-and-cyber-crime

https://www.nationaltradingstandards.uk/news/protecting-businesses-from-covid19-scams/

https://www.friendsagainstscams.org.uk/article/505/beware_of_covid_19_scams

https://nationalcrimeagency.gov.uk/news/fraud-scams-covid19