Scam coronavirus text messages circulating

The public are being warned of another scam related to coronavirus which attempts to fool people into believing they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive.

It comes as a trial of the UK’s contact tracing app continues on the Isle of Wight.

Bogus text messages seen by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) appear as though they were sent by an official source associated with the app, directing recipients to a website for more information. But the link actually attempts to gain bank account and other personal identity details.

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.”

Katherine Hart, CTSI lead officer, said: “These texts are a way to steal personal data and may put the bank accounts of recipients at risk.

“If anyone receives texts or other kinds of messages like this, they should not click on any accompanying links, and report them to Action Fraud.”

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