Police have raised concerns over new coronation scams targeting shoppers in the run-up to the crowning of King Charles III.

These scams involve tricking shoppers into purchasing fake commemorative memorabilia such as coins or china.

Insurance firm LV says that crime rose dramatically during the Queen's Jubilee last year when thefts increased by 36%, prompting a warning for the coronation.

Police warn over coronation scams targeting those looking for commemorative coins and mugs

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Cyber security experts Kaspersky and Hertfordshire Police issued an urgent warning to Brits looking to buy commemorative items, according to Which?

The cyber security providers said that scammers selling fake memorabilia such as coins, mugs and plates are on the rise.

Scammers apparently use dodgy sites and phishing emails (that contain links) to steal personal information like addresses, bank details and names.

This information is often sold on the dark web or used to steal money from bank accounts.

Police in Hertfordshire echoed similar concerns after it emerged scammers were making cold calls to sell fake commemorative coins with one resident coming close to handing the fraudsters £1,600 before a police officer was able to intervene.

Those wanting to buy special coronation coins have been told to avoid unofficial sources and to visit the Royal Mint website.

How to avoid coronation scams as security experts and police issue warning

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Here is how to spot and avoid falling for these coronation-related scams:

Cold calls

If you receive any unsolicited call from someone trying to sell you coronation items, you should hang up and block the number.

These callers can be convincing with attractive claims about how valuable the items are.

Scam emails

If you receive an obvious scam or phishing email, you should forward this to report@phishing.gov.uk so it can be investigated.

If you give away any personal information, change your passwords immediately and contact your bank if you've shared financial details.

Phishing websites

Spotting a dodgy website can be difficult but some tell-tale signs include poor spelling and grammar, unrealistic offers and being asked to make payments via bank transfer.

Domain names that include .net or .org are rarely used by legitimate retailers.

You should also be wary of contact pages that contain no physical address.

The coronation of King Charles III will take place on Saturday, May 6.