Coronavirs Scams

See below for a Coronavirus scam update from Steve Kelly, Prevent & Protect Fraud Officer, Essex & Kent Serious Crime Directorate

I have just been made aware of the below scam (also image attached) that is currently circulating and telling you that you have been fined and need to click on a link. This is a SCAM and please, please do not click on the link. The fraudsters are spoofing the Government address. They are after your data and financial information etc.

The Government has only sent one text message to the public regarding new rules about staying at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Any others claiming to be from UK Government are false.

Criminals are able to use spoofing technology to send texts and emails impersonating organisations that you know and trust. We would remind anyone who receives an unexpected text or email asking for personal or financial details not to click on the links or attachments, and don’t respond to any messages that ask for your personal or financial details.

If you receive any such fake GOV.UK/Coronavirus messages, please report these to Action Fraud –

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/report-phishing