Scam Awareness

Protect yourselves from Scams

At BAEC, we take the safeguarding of our learners very seriously.

We aim to bring information about the latest scam to your attention.

On this page, we post the latest information from the Metropolitan Police, the London Borough of Bromley and other partners.

We also host regular awareness campaigns in our centres - look out for the next workshop dates.

Covid-19 vaccination scam message

The forwarded message comes from Bromley Neighbourhood Watch Association.

We’ve been asked by the Met Police Cyber Crime Unit to warn you people are receiving fraudulent calls and text messages offering a COVID-19 vaccination. In some cases, people are asked to press a number on their keypad or send a text message to confirm they wish to receive the vaccine. Doing so is likely to result in a charge being applied to your phone bill.

In other cases, callers are offering the vaccine for a fee or asking for bank details. THESE ARE SCAMS!

The vaccine is only available from the NHS and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. At present, actual appointments are only being offered to members of the public over 80 years old.

Like all scams, the same rules apply;

  • Don’t click on links or attachments in unexpected texts, emails or messages.
  • Challenge every request for your personal details.
  • It doesn’t matter what they say or what they know about you, don’t respond to
    unexpected phone calls, hang up, take five then verify the claim via a trusted method. (such as the usual website or official phone number).

The NHS will:

  • NEVER ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text asking you to confirm you want the vaccine.
  • NEVER ask for payment for the vaccine or for your bank details.

If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft, you should report this directly to Action Fraud either online; or via phone 0300 123 2040.

Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to the MPS online or call 101.

Further details of this scam can be found on the Which? Website via this link:

Vaccination Scam Awareness - Easy Read format

Avoiding Scams ER

Royal Mail scam: Fake text led to drama student being defrauded - 23rd March 2021

A woman who has been "scammed out of every penny I had" has shared her story on Twitter to try to stop others falling victim to bank criminals. more

PayPal phishing texts state your account is 'limited'

A PayPal text message phishing campaign is underway that attempts to steal your account credentials and other sensitive information that can be used for identity theft.

When PayPal detects suspicious or fraudulent activity on an account, the account will have its status set to 'limited', which will put temporary restrictions on withdrawing, sending, or receiving money.

COVID-19: Warning over texts offering fake 'third lockdown' HMRC grant

The scam has been quickly designed to take advantage of confusion following last week's announcement of another national lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic

HMRC warning: Self Assessment scam circulates as vital deadline falls this month

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has issued an important warning to Britons as a new and potentially dangerous scam has circulated, as the Self Assessment deadline draws closer this month.

Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit 


National Trading Standards 

The links below are collated by the National Trading Standards Scam Team  - you can subscribe to their email alerts here 

13th January 2021

Criminals are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic by targeting savers with online adverts claiming their money will be invested in Covid-19 "vaccine bonds".

The adverts emailed to potential victims falsely claim that US bank Citigroup will invest their money in drug company Pfizer. more

20th January 2021

Phishing email attacks related to working from home are rising amid the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, according to KnowBe4 research.

KnowBe4’s quarter four 2020 top-clicked phishing report reveals the top ten general email subjects. It also includes the top ten in-the-wild email subject lines. more

TV licence scam: Warning over Covid refund payment text

15th January 2021

Criminals are sending out fake texts to BBC TV licence holders offering a Covid refund payment in an attempt to steal personal and financial information.
The National Trading Standards Scams Team says the text offers a link to an "extremely convincing" fake website where people are asked to input their bank details to claim a refund.