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Yorkshire Coast Residents Urged To Not Fall For Virus Scam

Yorkshire Coast Residents Urged To Not Fall For Virus Scam

Published by Karen Liu at 11:07am 6th April 2020.

Residents on the Yorkshire Coast are being asked to not fall for Coronavirus related fraud.

North Yorkshire Police says it has been made aware of text scams appearing to come from the Government.

Andy Fox, Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer at the force, said:

"It does look like it comes from .gov.uk but this scam text is the one that people have received saying that they've violated these restrictions, they've been out and therefore there is a fine to pay, and to click on a link and that will take you to a page where you'll be asked to enter your bank details, or pay a certain amount into a nominated bank account.

It does look very convincing and the fact that it says .gov.uk, tends to give it some form of legitimacy.

All I will say is, if you're in any way unsure, then please contact 101 North Yorkshire Police and we will advise you accordingly.

We are aware of these scam text messages."

Andy has been speaking to Yorkshire Coast Radio's Jon Burke:

More advice includes:

  • Do not click on links or open attachments in emails and text messages.
  • Take time to check emails or messages are from a legitimate source.
  • Delete any suspicious emails or text messages immediately.
  • Never give out personal or financial information over the phone.

For the most up to date list of Coronavirus-related scams visit northyorkshire.police.uk/scams

 

 

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