Cybercrime Scams to Be Aware of
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Fake texts purporting to be from GOV.UK which are attempting to charge people money to help battle coronavirus. The Government has only sent ONE text message to the public regarding new rules about staying at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Read more on the GOV/ HMRC phishing scams here: https://bit.ly/2JlS7SJ
WhatsApp Gold – This scam originally circulated in 2016 but has resurfaced. The scam promotes WhatsApp Gold as a premium version of the messaging service allegedly used by celebrities. Would-be users are promised a raft of extra features and given a link, which actually leads to a malicious software download.
Action Fraud provided information on the app here: https://bit.ly/2QQx9zw
Action Fraud are also warning shoppers about purchasing online and are asking people, if you’re purchasing goods and services from a company or person you don’t know and trust, carry out some research first. Also, be wary of unsolicited emails and texts offering questionably good deals – if it’s too good to be true then it probably is!
The Force also issued further information, tips and advice regarding other scams in relation to coronavirus which can be read here: https://bit.ly/39jUz6R