Scam awareness during the COVID-19 outbreak

Scam awareness

The Safer Colchester Partnership has information on avoiding scams, including how to report a scam that has affected you or someone you know.

NHS Track and Trace scams

With the development of NHS Track and Trace, many people have been asking for advice on how this works.

You can read the official Track and Trace advice on GOV.UK on how the system works and on how to avoid being the victim of any possible scams.

Suspicious Council Tax calls

We are aware that many people across Essex are receiving calls, stating that their Council Tax banding may have changed. This is a scam. 

Before handing over personal details, always remember ABC: 

Never ASSUME they are legitimate. 
Never BELIEVE they are legitimate. 
Always CONFIRM using a trusted number or asking friends and family. 

If you or someone you know if vulnerable and have been a victim of fraud, please call Essex Police on 101. 

Report fraud or attempted fraud by contacting Action Fraud at or call 0300 123 2040. 

Page last reviewed: 2 June 2020