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Covid Scam Alert

Alert message sent 20/08/2021 22:11:00

Information sent on behalf of Cumbria Neighbourhood Watch


A number of you have recently highlighted concerns about suspect Covid testing etc, so I thought it would be useful to share the following information with you so that you can understand more clearly and forward it to others.

‘Scammers are posing as the NHS in fake calls and text messages claiming to be contacting people about Covid-19.

Ofcom has issued a warning about the fraudsters saying some are posing as the Government, your GP surgery and even the World Health Organisation. 

In the calls, a recorded message or caller will claim to be contacting you about the coronavirus.

The Ofcom warning said: "They might offer a test for the virus, a treatment or cure, or might offer to discuss your medical needs.

"However, these calls are designed to encourage you to either speak to an operator, or press a button on your phone for more information.

" If you speak to an operator, you could be at risk of giving them your personal information or your financial details, which could result in identity theft or financial loss.

"If you press a button on your phone you could be connected to a high-cost premium number, leaving you liable for a significant call cost".

Ofcom said scam texts often include links or attachments which can’t be trusted And gave this example pictured above as a classic scam message.

The warning adds: "It claims to be sent by the Government, offering a payment related to the coronavirus. On the left is the text; on the right is the web page you’ll be taken to if you click on the link in the text.

"However, look at the URL – it does not link to the UK Government website. It is a fake website which requires you to enter your personal details – it is a phishing scam."

If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk.

Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.

If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, report this to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.


Hope this helps.
Kind regards and have a good weekend.

Joe Murray QPM
 
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