ALERT! Kent residents targeted by COVID-19 text scam


ALERT! Kent residents targeted by COVID-19 text scamResidents in Kent are being targeted by a text scam stating that you are eligible for a Covid-19 grant of £277.59.<!–

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05 February 2021



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Kent residents targeted by COVID-19 text scam

Residents in Kent are being targeted by a text scam claiming  you are eligible for a COVID-19 grant.

What happens:

You will receive a text message that states:
‘GOVUK: Regarding the new lockdown conditions you are granted for a COVID-19 claim of £277.59’

What to do:

  • This is a phishing scam to steal your personal and financial details.
  • The link is not an official GOV.UK website.
  • For Covid-19 financial support, visit GOV.UK.
  • Report suspicious GOV.UK emails, texts and phone calls here.
  • If you have fallen victim, contact Citizens Advice Scams Action on 0808 250 5050.

Please warn vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours.

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Find out about how scammers may be trying to target you and your family during the Coronavirus pandemic. We can all be vulnerable to these criminals and the best way to protect yourself is to make sure you are aware. KCC Public protection have created a page that lists scams that are using the Pandemic to target you.

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