Chelmsford City Council

Protect yourself against coronavirus-related scams

There are currently numerous bogus emails and text messages circulating, appearing to come from official bodies, such as the government. 

They contain links which are designed to download malicious software to your device, or to take you to a website that will collect your personal and financial details.

There are a variety of forms these emails can take. These can include:

  • offering a tax rebate
  • demanding payment of a fine
  • asking for donations

The advice remains the same. If an email or text message is unexpected, you should not click on any links, but simply delete it.

You should use the ABC approach:

  • never Assume they are legitimate
  • never Believe they are legitimate
  • always Confirm using a trusted number or asking friends and family

You can get further guidance on spotting scams on the Action Fraud website.

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    Last updated: 17 May 2021

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