In these difficult times, where we need to band together to fight COVID-19, it is sad to see people exploiting this crisis for monetary gain.



In light of the increase in Coronavirus (COVID-19) scams we have set up this page to help keep people informed about how they can stay safe online.

Firstly, please don’t be consumed by rumour and gossip and ensure your COVID-19 news is obtained from reputable news outlets to dispel any myths which are circulating on social media. A valuable source of legitimate information can also be found on the World Health Organisation (WHO) website here.

We at the Yorkshire and Humber Organised Crime unit want to keep as many people safe digitally, as well as physically, during these difficult times.

Cyber criminals are exploiting COVID-19 with clickbait, fake news and malware aimed at tricking concerned victims into downloading malicious files onto their machines. 

Our key mitigation advice remains the same as always:

  • Ensure your devices are running the most recent software (both your operating system and applications).
  • Make sure your passwords are complex and unique (use the NCSC guidelines on 3 random words to keep your accounts safe).
  • Consider activating 2 factor authentication/multifactor authentication to add an extra layer of security to your devices and accounts. 
  • Be wary of emails and text messages containing links and attachments. Try and avoid clicking on any links in digital correspondence unless you can confirm the authenticity of the sender. 
  • Avoid using free WiFi hotspots without using a VPN to ensure your device’s traffic is encrypted and harder for a criminal to intercept and read. 

YHROCU - Weekly Newsletter Bulletins. 

Every Friday we aim to release a newsletter looking to raise awareness around current threat patterns and how to stay safe online. These are emailed direclty to businesses within the Yorkshire and Humber Region but are also available to download below. If you want to be added to our mailing list then please email [email protected]

  • DOWNLOAD  - Friday 10th April 2020 - Focuses on securing the popular video conferencing platform zoom. 
  • DOWNLOAD  - Friday 17th April 2020 - Focuses on fake online coronavirus mapping websites.
  • DOWNLOAD  - Friday 22nd May 2020 -Focuses on Bluetooth Security 

At the bottom of this page are a selection of downloadable advice sheets to help you stay safe online. 

We strive to update this page with the latest news about COVID-19 scams. If you have been affected by something you consider to be criminal please ensure you report it to or call your local police force on 101.



  Latest Alerts

27/05/2020 - Fraud Alert COVID-19 Business Grant Scam Emails


Below is a series of pages built to keep you upto date on the latest threats and mitigation advice. 

  • COVID-19 Rise in Email Scams - Goverenment Advice Bulletin - 21/04/2020 


Click here to read the latest from the National Cyber Security Centre

Infographics and Advice Page

Click here for more COVID-19 infographics and advice downloads


Exploits and Vulnerabilities Page

Click here for more information on COVID-19 Exploits and Vulnerabilities page


UK Government Advice Page

Click here for more information on COVID-19 UK Government Advice page 


Phishing Examples Page

Click here for more information on COVID-19 Phishing Examples. 


Smishing Examples Page

Click here for more information on COVID-19 Smishing Examples. 



Click here for more information on COVID-19 Domain Threat List. 


Fraud Mitigation Advice

Click here for more information on COVID-19 Fraud Mitigation Advice 

  • COVID-19 Zoom Security Guidance


Click here to read how to secure video conferencing software Zoom