Scam Alert

Alert message sent 02/04/2020 13:21:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary

scam Warning: Covid-19 Financial Support Scam
There are numerous reports of websites effectively cloning the .gov website pages.  These websites look identical to the official .gov website, set up to offer support to employees who are suffering financial hardship as a result of the pandemic.  The websites ask potential claimants to provide personal information, including their bank account details to enable payments to be made to them.
Some of the websites are mass targeting individuals via text messages, with the embedded link diverting to the criminals’ websites, below is an example of one of the messages and the website:
Scammers are rapidly coming up with new scams to exploit people during the pandemic.  We would recommend everyone adopts a cautious approach when giving out personal details whether it’s online, over the telephone or face to face.  Try to carry out checks on the source before you share any information.
If you are targeted by any of these websites then please report them immediately to the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133.  This will enable action to be taken to have them taken down.
If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of our specialist officers, Linda or Sue on 0151 511 8785 or 0151 511 8775, who are already working with people in Halton who have lost thousands of pounds to scams.
If you need advice on anything else please contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline  or 0808 223 1133

Kind Regards
PCSO 21122 Maggie Sumner
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Margaret Sumner (Police, PCSO, Widnes LPU)

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