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Scams taking advantage of the Ukraine crisis

We are warning Norfolk residents as we have become aware that fraudsters are attempting to take advantage of people’s generosity during the crisis in Ukraine. They are doing this by re-adjusting old familiar style scams.

Examples are:

  • Texts with content similar to the 'Nigerian Letter' scam. Fraudsters asking for monies to release frozen funds in bank accounts or just blatant attempts to steal your personal or bank details
  • Fake websites with links that if clicked on, download malware to steal personal information or bank details
  • Emails very similar to the 'romance scams' showing a stolen photograph with pleas of help to send funds for flights, visas, and support for grandparents
  • Cryptocurrency scams with sites listing addresses for Bitcoin and Ethereum for Ukraine donations which never reach anything other than criminals accounts

We are raising awareness and issuing the usual advise to make thorough checks. All genuine charities are registered with the Charities Commission and those that are supporting the Ukraine crisis can be found by searching the charity register on the GOV.UK website.

Reporting scams

Reporting scams you receive helps to build up intelligence on the scammers and how they target people.

You can report scams and get further advice from our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline: 0808 223 1133 (freephone)
Citizens Advice Scams Action website

If you've been the victim of an online scam you can get advice and support from Citizens Advice Scams Action: 0808 250 5050 (freephone)

You can also report Frauds, Cyber Crime and Phishing attempts to Action Fraud, the National Fraud & Cyber Crime reporting centre: 
0300 123 2040 or via Action Fraud website