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Crimestoppers COVID Fraud Hotline launched- How to avoid scams

Nottinghamshire Police is pleased to announce that both the Government and Crimestoppers have launched the Covid Fraud Hotline, which is now live.

The new Covid Fraud hotline will provide an anonymous hotline (0800 587 5030) and online reporting service at covidfraudhotline.org.

The line is open every day for 24 hours.

It will enable the public to anonymously report fraud against the 150 more schemes which have been launched to support the individuals, communities and businesses in the Covid Pandemic.

These schemes include grants schemes and loans schemes, including Bounce Back Loans, Business Support Grants and the newly launched Green Homes Grants.

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Every report to the line will all be reviewed to help the government better find and stop fraud.

Where possible the government will take action through disrupting fraud, looking to get money back and, in some cases, prosecuting.

The information from the hotline will also help the government to improve safeguards to stop fraud in the future.

Nottinghamshire Police’s Detective Inspector Ed Cook said: “Covid scams have naturally been taking advantage of people whilst the country is at its most vulnerable.

“Whilst we still encourage all reports of Cyber Crime and Fraud to Action Fraud, this is a great additional reporting tool to help directly respond to these fast moving trends as efficiently as possible to help further protect against them.”

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