Scammers are sending text messages supposedly from the government informing people that they have received hundreds of pounds thanks to Covid-19.
However, the text messages contain a link that will take you to a website where you will be asked to provide banking details and other personal information.
West Lancashire Council shared a warning tweet with a screenshot of a message a person received. It reads: “COVID: The UK Government has made a payment of £ 349.76 to all residents as part of its pledge to fight COVID-19.”
Recipients are then advised to follow a link to apply for the bogus grant The echo.
Instructions for Website for citizen advice warns people to be vigilant as the coronavirus pandemic continues and a number of scams are making the rounds
According to Citizens Advice, you should pay special attention to the following:
- Advertise face masks or medical devices at high prices
- Email or text purporting to be from the government
- Coronavirus life insurance emails
- People knocking on your door asking for money for charity
If you see coronavirus emails or texts from someone you don’t know or from an unusual email address, don’t click links or buy anything.
Don’t give money or personal information to anyone you don’t know or trust – for example, someone knocking on the door offering to help.