Warning as fraudsters take advantage of Coronavirus confusion


Hertfordshire Constabulary is warning residents to be cautious as a number of Coronavirus related scams have been reported. These include:

Text messages being received from Gov.uk stating that the recipient has breached regulations and will be sent a fine in the post.

Emails claiming that people can donate to the efforts of the World Health Organisation or the centre for Disease Control to combat the virus, by asking people to pay via a bitcoin link.

Email claiming that people are entitled to tax and national insurance refunds. Both of these arrive in email form or as posts on social media, with links to click for more information.

Email claiming to be from Hertfordshire County Council asks parents of children who receive free school meals for their bank details.

Coronavirus-themed phishing emails with infected attachments containing fictitious ‘safety measures’ have also been targeting people in the UK.

If you have been a victim of fraud or cybercrime, report it to Action Fraud at https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ Alternatively you can contact herts.police.uk/report