Scam Alert

Alert message sent 20/05/2020 13:59:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary

Hello resident,
                      please see below a recent scam.  Information supplied by Halton Trading Standards.

Coronavirus contact tracing app scam
Halton Trading Standards wants to make residents aware of scams that have already begun regarding the Governments contact tracing mobile phone app. The mobile phone app is currently being trialled on the Isle of Wight and is expected to be rolled out nationwide soon.
The text message asks the recipient to click on a link to a bogus website, which then asks for your personal details. Scammers then use the information to gain access to bank accounts and commit other forms of identity fraud.
The scam text reads: "Someone who came in contact with you tested positive or has shown symptoms for Covid-19 & recommends you self-isolate/get tested. More at…"
If you or somebody you know has been caught out by a scam or fraud please contact one of Halton Trading Standards 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.

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Paul Mines (Police, Community Support Officer, Widnes PCSO)

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