Coronavirus Scam Alert

Dorset Police are warning us about the current Coronavirus text scam that has been set up to mimic the Coronavirus Test & Trace service.

 

The text claims that you have come into contact with someone who has tested positive or has shown symptoms of Coronavirus.

 

It then gives you a link to click on – Do NOT click the link.

 

Genuine texts from the government come from the gov.uk domain.

 

 

Furthermore, Dorset Police are also urging residents to be on the guard against telephone scams.

 

The police say there have been several victims in the area who have lost money after being called by fraudsters.

 

A spokesman for Dorset Police said:

“If you receive a call demanding money or providing a service if the offer sounds too good to be true it probably is! Just hang up, report to a family member, Action Fraud or the Police. You will never be criticised for taking advice about handing over your money.”

“One of the scams today was from a person claiming they were from HMRC demanding payment or the victim will be arrested! This will NEVER happen but we understand this type of call can be alarming and very stressful.”

 

If you have been a victim of fraud or would just like further advice visit: www.actionfraud.police.uk or telephone 0300 123 2040.

Action Fraud is the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and Cybercrime.

 

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