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COVID-19 fraud watch


The Fraud Advisory Panel have set up a COVID-19 fraud watch group which is a cross-sector and cross-industry coalition of trusted partners (including the Cabinet Office and City of London Police) who meet to share information on emerging fraud threats and trends affecting business. It aims to act as a conduit to warn the public, private and third sectors about COVID-19 fraud risks and the preventative actions that can be taken.

Latest update

Issued: Thursday 17 September 2020


  • Phishing emails and letters (esp. Zoom and Microsoft 365)
  • Fraudulent coronavirus insurance adverts
  • Fake fines claiming the individual has broken lockdown rules
  • Fraudulent pre-paid funeral plans
  • Business impersonation (esp. requests for employees to update their bank details).


  • International Charity Fraud Awareness Week will be taking place 19-23 October.
    • Get involved and support the week by downloading the supporters pack, available here.
    • Visit the Charity Fraud Awareness hub for free helpsheets, webinars, practical tutorials to help protect your charity from fraud.
  • Suspicious emails can be forwarded to:
  • Suspicious text messages can be forwarded to 7726.
  • Report a fraudulent advert through the Advertising Standards Agency online tool.
  • Businesses should carry out due diligence on professional advisors to ensure they are a qualified professional.

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