Coronavirus text scam alert

Coronavirus text scam alert

Published by Maria Greenwood at 12:21pm 13th July 2020.

Dorset Police are warning us about a scam text message which is set up to mimic the coronavirus track and trace service.

The text claims that you have come into contact with someone who has tested positive or has shown symptoms of Covid-19.

It then gives you a link to click on - which you should NOT do.

Genuine texts from the government come from gov.uk.

Phone scams in dorset

Meanwhile, Dorchester 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 con artists.

A spokesman for Dorchester 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.