Be alert to coronavirus-related phishing emails and fake text messages.
There are currently many bogus emails and text messages circulating, appearing to come from official bodies, such as the Government, World Health Organisation and US Centre for Disease control.
They contain links designed to download malicious software (i.e. viruses) to your device, or to take you to a website that will collect your personal and financial details.
These emails can take a variety of forms including:
- Offering a tax rebate
- Demanding payment of a fine
- Asking for donations
- Linking to a map of the spread of coronavirus
Advice remains the same as with any scam – if an email is unexpected do not click on any links, simply delete it.
Use the ABC approach
- Never Assume they are legitimate
- Never Believe they are legitimate
- Always Confirm using a trusted number or asking friends and family
If you or someone you know is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud call Essex Police on 101.
Report fraud or attempted fraud by contacting Action Fraud or call 0300 123 2040.
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