How you can spot false information When it is shared, false information can take on a life of its own and have some serious consequences. It can lead to health scares, false accusations and potentially damaging hoax stories. Recently there has been a lot of this kind of false information about coronavirus. It’s not always easy to spot, so use this checklist to cut through the chatter.
SOURCE Rely on official sources for medical and safety information. Check the facts about coronavirus on official websites. HEADLINE Headlines don’t always tell the full story. Always read to the end before you share articles about coronavirus. ANALYSE Analyse the facts. If something sounds unbelievable, it very well might be. Independent fact-checking services are correcting false information about coronavirus every day. RETOUCHED Watch out for misleading pictures and videos in stories about coronavirus. They might be edited, or show an unrelated place or event. ERRORS Look out for mistakes. Errors might mean the information is false. Official guidance about coronavirus will have been carefully checked. VERIFIED SOURCES You can visit the following websites for verified, trusted sources of information that will help you stay safe. Visit the NHS website at www.nhs.ukYou can also get information via the Public Health England website at www.gov.uk/government/organisations/public-health-england For other information regarding the coronavirus restrictions on travel and much more, visit the Government website at www.gov.uk/coronavirus
Checklist to help fight cyber fraud The Government has a checklist to help people protect themselves from cyber fraud: Take a breath - a moment - before you part with money or personal information. It sounds simple, but this alone could end up preventing fraud from taking place. Ensure you are using the latest software, apps and operating systems on your phones, tablets and laptops and update them regularly. And if you get an unexpected or suspicious email or text message, don’t click on the attachment or message. Don’t be afraid to challenge messages and messengers. It’s okay to refuse or ignore requests for your money or details if you are suspicious - only criminals will try to rush or panic you. The police and banks will never ask you to withdraw money or transfer it to a different account. Neither will they ask you to reveal your full banking password or PIN. You can check that requests are genuine by using a known number or email address to contact organisations directly. And if you think you have fallen victim to a scam, then contact your bank immediately and report it to Action Fraud. You can report suspicious texts by forwarding the original message to 7726, which spells SPAM on your keypad.
SHARE CAUTION Be careful what you share, because things are not always what they seem online. Protect yourself and your family from misinformation and fraud by taking care when online, and use the website sharechecklist.gov.uk