Don't be a victim of fraud - do not pass personal or financial details on

The Government has sent only one text message to the public regarding rules to prevent the spread of Covid-19

If you or someone you know is vulnerable and has been a victim of fraud, please call Essex Police on 101.

Report fraud or attempted fraud by contacting Action Fraud at or call 0300 123 2040.


Please see the official government response to messages such as the one shown below:

“The Government has only sent one text message to the public regarding new rules about staying at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Any others claiming to be from UK Government are false.

Criminals are able to use spoofing technology to send texts and emails impersonating organisations that you know and trust. We would remind anyone who receives an unexpected text or email asking for personal or financial details not click on the links or attachments, and don’t respond to any messages that ask for your personal or financial details.”

 If you receive any such messages, report them to Action Fraud -

You may also contact Citizens' Advice Customer Service who will be able to assist with fraud enquiries - there is a direct link to Trading Standards from their website.  Citizens' Advice Customer Service telephone number is 0345 404 0506.

If you are a victim of domestic abuse please click here for the Domestic Violence services who can offer help and advice.


















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Posted on 22/03/2020