Be alert for fake text messages claiming to be from government agencies, authorities, organizations and businesses referencing Coronavirus. This article is about Operation StaySafe Coronavirus Scam Alert.
Recent examples reported have included: •Text messages claiming that ‘UKGOV has issued a payment of 458 GBP to all residents as part of its promise to battle COVID 19’.
The message then contains a link ‘to apply’. Anyone following the link will be taken to a very well-presented fake version of the GOV.UK website which attempts to gather personal and financial details. There are likely to be several variations of this message circulating stating different amounts with different embedded links.
Look out for scam text messages claiming to be from HMRC offering tax rebates ‘as a result of the ‘coronavirus pandemic’.
Be careful of emails claiming to be from the ‘Department for Education’ about ‘free school meals during school closures’
These emails contain messages such as ‘If your child is entitled to free school meals send your bank details to the school and they will help with funding while the school is closed’. The emails then contain links for the parents to follow ‘to receive this funding’. These emails are not genuine. Anyone who follows the links will be taken to a website which will attempt to gather personal and financial details which can then be used to by scammers to potentially commit fraud.
A lot of scam emails texts, websites are quite easy to spot. Note the spelling/grammar below – Relieve should be ‘Relief’