The Government recently announced a cost-of-living payment which will be sent automatically to those who are eligible with no application needed. Fraudsters have been sending texts pretending to be from the Government or the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) asking people to apply. They may also send fraudulent emails. You do not need to apply for this payment.
If you receive a text or email claiming to be from a Government Agency or service provider, don’t open any links or attachments or provide any private information or detail.
If you feel that you have been a victim of one of these scams get in touch with Action Fraud 0300 123 2040 or call the police on 101. If you have shared any of your account details please get in touch with Leek Building Society.
Scam texts can be forwarded to 7726, this will report the message to your mobile phone provider free of charge.
You can also forward scam emails to firstname.lastname@example.org – the National Cyber Security Centre will investigate it.
Beware of scams on Facebook Marketplace which are become increasingly common, especially during the cost-of-living crisis.
When shopping online, be cautious – remember that some items might not actually exist – before buying, aways ask yourself “does this offer seem too good to be true?”
Sellers might try to put you under pressure and rush you to pay immediately, or request payment through a bank transfer.
If you encounter any of these situations, please avoid making the purchase.