Fresh warning issued after new reports of scam covid-19 text messages
A fresh warning has been issued about scam covid-19 texts after fresh reports of fake messages being sent claiming to offer financial support.
Wrexham Trading Standards say the messages, which claim to be from the government, advise that you are eligible for a grant and ask you to follow a link to claim a specific amount of money.
The text message reads: ‘GOVUK: Due to the new lockdown circumstances you are available for a COVID-19 grant of £277.59.’
It then asks you to click a link to claim this money.
The amount of money you are offered may differ from the amount, however it’s likely to be in the hundreds of pounds.
Cllr Hugh Jones, Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, said: “Unfortunately we are seeing a lot of scams which are looking to profit from the pandemic, and this is the latest one we’ve come across.
“We know anything telling you that you are due a large sum of money can be tempting to follow up, but this is just another attempt to steal your personal information.
“Don’t click on any links, never give any details – such as passwords or bank account numbers – and remember that you’re within your rights to ignore any suspicious messages.
“Always take the time you need to identify whether something could be a scam first. If you’re not sure, you can always contact the company or organisation directly.”
The following advice has also been issued by Wrexham Trading Standards to help be scam aware:
STOP – Taking a moment to stop and think before parting with your money or information could keep you safe.
CHALLENGE – Could it be fake? It’s OK to reject, refuse or ignore any requests. Only criminals will try to rush or panic you.
PROTECT – Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve fallen for a scam and report it to Action Fraud.
If you think you may have been the victim of fraud or cyber-crime, you should report this to Action Fraud via their website or by calling 0300 123 2040.
Action Fraud is the UK’s National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre.
Consumer advice can be obtained from the Citizens Advice Consumer Service. They can be contacted on 0808 223 1144 (Welsh) or 0808 223 1133 (English).
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