RESIDENTS in Cumbria are being warned to be on the lookout for coronavirus scams.
The majority of reports to Action Fraud are related to online shopping scams where people have ordered protective face masks, hand sanitiser, and other products, which have never arrived.
Other frauds are related to tickets, romance, charity and loans.
Superintendent Sanjay Andersen, Head of the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau, said: “Fraudsters will use any opportunity they can to take money from innocent people. This includes exploiting tragedies and global emergencies.
“The majority of scams we are seeing relate to the online sale of protective items, and items that are in short supply across the country, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We’re advising people not to panic and to think about the purchase they are making.
“When you’re online shopping it’s important to do your research and look at reviews of the site you are buying from.”