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People in Gedling borough urged to report attempts of Covid fraud to new Crimestoppers hotline

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People in Gedling borough are being urged to contact a new Covid fraud hotline if they fall victim to scams linked to the virus.

The new fraud hotline, which has been launched by the government and Crimestoppers is now live.

You can call anonymously on 0800 587 5030 or report activity online at covidfraudhotline.org.

The line is open every day for 24 hours.

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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.

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You should contact the new fraud hotline if you have been targeted by scammers

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

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.

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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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