COVID-19 themed Scams

COVID-19 themed Scams

The National Fraud Reporting Centre has reported a new trend in scams relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19) and vulnerable people may be particularly at risk.

For a small group of people, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic may increase their susceptibility to the risk of financial abuse due to being home alone, answering telephones and being on the internet more than usual.

Fraudsters are exploiting the spread of coronavirus to commit various types of fraud and cyber crime. It’s important to be cautious, as fraudsters are changing their methods all the time.

Recent Coronavirus related scams include:

Fake COVID-19 home-testing scams – The public are warned not to respond to emails or open their doors to bogus healthcare workers claiming to be offering ‘home-testing’ for the COVID-19 Coronavirus.

Criminals target members of the public with NHS scam emails – ActionFraud has received 41 reports of a scam email pretending to be from HM Government asking for donations to the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. This is a fake email and your money will only end up in the hands of a criminal.


Here is a typical scam phone call:

“Good morning, I’m calling from the NHS track and trace service. According to our system, you are likely to have been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This means that you now need to self-isolate for 7 days and take a COVID-19 test.”

“OK. Can you tell me who that person was?”

“I’m not able to tell you that. That is confidential information.”

“Right. Um… so…”

“But you do need to be tested within the next 72 hours. So can I just get the best mailing address so that we can send a kit to you?”

“Ok (gives address)”

“Thank you – and I just need to take a payment card so that we can finalise this and send the kit to you.”

“Sorry – a payment card? I thought this was all free?”

“No – I’m afraid not. There is a one-off fee of £50 for the kit, and test results. Could you read off the long card number for me, please, when you’re ready.”

“No – that’s not right. This is part of the NHS so there’s no charge.”

“I’m afraid there is. Can you give me the card number please – this is very important, and there are penalties for not complying.”

At this point you put the phone down.

This is how scammers work. And vulnerable people will fall for it. -Cheryl Rice, Development Worker SCVYS


MENCAP have produced an information guide to help stop people tricking you out of your money – you can view this here

The BBC have published an useful article which can be viewed here: How hackers are preying on fears of Covid-19

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Zoom Meeting Update

Zoom Meeting Update

Zoom Meeting 9th June – Scavenger Hunt

I know it’s not the same as mixing with people we know and like, but at present it is the best we can hope for sooooooo    we   ZOOOOOOOOOM.

This week we had a scavenger Hunt, where we are given a question, maybe find something smooth, or something beginning with R or something smaller than the palm of your hand and off we all scuttle to look for the most unusual item we can find.

One of the questions was, find something sweet and Nichola grabbed her mum, how lovely was that! We had boots, stones, books, smellies, cake, balloons, ornaments, rhubarb vodka, candles, greenery, and of course we couldn’t leave it out, the Toilet Roll.

Well done to some of the group who dressed up as if we were in the jungle!!

A big thanks to Rachel who put it all together for us and from the photo you can see her peering through the undergrowth, great evening and great makeup.

We all really enjoyed it.

If you would like to join us contact Sue on

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Bingo with a Difference

Bingo with a Difference

Zooming Together Every Week

Hi everybody, I bet you have all played bingo, but not how we play it at Gateway, as some of you will know we are on ZOOOOOOOOOM every week at the moment.

This week was BINGO but you had to bring a piece of fruit, a hat and a toilet roll!!

Depending on certain numbers being called, you have to hold up one of the three props we used. Easy I hear you say, try it and you may think differently.

The events programme is on the website but we have gone slightly out of order. Next week we are having a Scavenger Hunt, oh and we are dressing up, why don’t you come and join us?

We meet at 7.00pm on Tuesday evenings; come and see what we get up to.

If you would like anymore details contact Sue on

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