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Wash your hands of coronavirus scams

Further information on scams

Here are just some of the scams we are aware of, but please note that criminals come in all shapes and sizes and can contact you at the door, by phone, post or online:

  • be aware of people offering miracle cures or vaccines for coronavirus – there is no specific treatment for coronavirus (COVID-19). Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms until you recover
  • home cleaning services
  • people impersonating healthcare workers, claiming to be offering ‘home-testing’ for coronavirus – this is a scam and these kits are not currently available to buy.
  • emails saying that you can get a refund on taxes, utilities or similar are usually bogus and they are just after your personal and bank details. (However support is available from the council with Council Tax etc if needed. If you get emails that purport to be from the council, please always check their authenticity by going to the official Slough Borough Council website or contacting the council on a telephone number you already had and know is genuine. Please do not click any links in the email.)
  • there are lots of fake products available to buy online that say they can protect you or cure coronavirus. These will not help and are designed to take your money.
  • there are new mobile phone applications that claim to give you updates on the virus but instead, they lock your phone and demand a ransom.
  • your bank or the police will never ask for your bank details over the phone.
  • people offering to do your shopping or collecting medication and asking for money upfront and then disappearing.