Warning: COVID-19 Scam

During these uncertain times, there are still some horrible people out there trying to exploit and con people out of savings and money.

Below, you will see a text message that is currently being sent to mobile phones in the UK concerning the Coronavirus. It informs the recipient that they have been fined for leaving the house. You are asked to click on a link to make payment. 

This is a scam. Please do not click on any links if you receive this message. Delete the message immediately.

If you’re able to, please pass on this information to family and friends and warn them of this scam.

If you know of any other COVID-19 scams, please leave details in the comments section.

This article may also help.

Coronavirus phishing emails: How to protect against COVID-19 scams

Stay safe.

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  1. There are scams like this being forwarded in the US too. People selling fake testing kits, price gouging food and supplies and other schemes. It sickens me to see people trying to profit from the pain and suffering of others. To date, over 1.6 million people have died worldwide and some are so evil that they only see an opportunity. I pray Jehovah God gives these people exactly what they deserve. “Certainly the one who does wrong will be repaid for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.” (Colossians 3:25)

    1. You’re welcome. The scam has only been around for just over a week, but it’s still popping up on people’s mobile phones. The more we share the details, the more people we’ll save from falling for the scam.

  2. I guess I have been around long enough not to be shocked, but these grubs manage to amaze me at how low they go. I will feature this on the next Blogger’s Pit Stop to alert others of this and to also be alert for other types of scams.
    Kathleen

  3. Terrible that people are doing this. How low can you be? Thanks for sharing it Hugh I will add it to my next blog post with links to share re: COV19. Take care, hope you are all well. Marje x

    1. Very low, Marje. These scammers don’t care about anybody else other than themselves. I pray that one day Karma pays them a visit and gives them back some of their own medicine.
      Stay safe.

    1. Same here, Terri. However, these scammers are getting smarter and cleverer in the ways they try and trick us. If I’m ever unsure, I step back, think, and come back to something a little later. If I was still unsure, I’d ask a friend or member of the family first, although I never click on any links in emails or messages that come out of the blue and who I have no idea who they are. Some of the scammers have been clever in making an email look like it’s come from your bank or a company you may have shopped with, but behind the email address is usually the real address.

  4. Cruel and depressing to see how low some people will sink isn’t it? Unfortunately it’s so easy to setup these kind of fake information scams now. We just need to double check everything we read these days across multiple sources.

    1. It is, Jonno. Some people seem to have no problem in sinking to the lowest depths to feed on the vulnerably of others. And after reading these scams, if we’re still not sure whether it is a scam or not, ask for advice/help from a family member or friend first.

  5. I’ve heard warnings of phone calls claiming you may have come into contact with an infected person & asking to schedule an appointment for a nurse to come administer a test. Also warnings of scams regarding the stimulus checks, which won’t even be sent out for a couple of weeks.

    1. It’s awful how these scams are surfacing everywhere. With many people now at their most vulnerable, it’s unfortunate that many will fall for them. Thanks so much for helping by sharing the information with your readers, Jeanne.
      Stay safe.

  6. WOW thanks for posting this. I received the top part of this text the other day so if I received the second part I would have thought it was genuine had I not read this!
    So if I get it now I will delete! Thank you.

    1. You’re welcome. Everybody with a mobile phone in the UK will have received a text message from the government that looked similar to this one. It came shortly after the lockdown was announced. Now the criminals are using that text message in the hope of getting money out of the population. Unfortunately, some people will fall for it, so the more we share this information, the more we’ll stop people falling for the scam.

    1. I know, Esther, it’s shocking how low some people will go to get their hands on other people’s money and savings. And there seems to be new scams surfacing every day. This one first came to light on Tuesday 31 March.

    1. Yes, and these types of scams will only get worse at a time when people feel at their most vulnerable. It seems that some human beings will go a long way to defraud other people of their money and savings.

  7. It doesn’t take long for them to start crawling out of the woodwork does it? I’ll be forwarding this to a friend who works with the elderly. Thank you Hugh.

    Years ago when my dad was alive he had just bought a new home (not new, but new to him). He called to say that the bug guy told him he had a big termite infestation and had to pay $2,500 to get rid of them. I told him not to do anything, tell the guy to leave.

    I called the bug company (little ma & pa place) that had done the termite inspection when my father bought the place, a few months before. I let them know I wasn’t happy with them not discovering the termites. The owner came out within the hour and there were no termites.

    1. Some of the things humans do to each other is beyond belief, but when there is money involved, it’s often greed that takes over, Lea. There are so many scams about, but during times of uncertainly and unease, I think many more people become victims to them. Given that there are so many false information and fake news articles going around at the moment about COVID-19, I believe these scams will only get worse. The difficulty is that some of them can be very convincing, and when people are at their most vulnerable, many fall victim to them.

  8. It’s so upsetting! The world in this situation and people showing the worst behaviour taking advantage of others. I hope you are well, my friend! Stay safe!

    1. It’s unbelievable what lengths some people will go to, to defraud people even during a world crisis, Elizabeth. It’s upsetting knowing that some people will fall victim to this scam and will probably end up having their savings accounts emptied.

      Yes, we’re all keeping safe here during these uncertain times. I hope you and your family are all well?

      Stay safe.

    1. I know, right? Even with this awful crisis, some people will see it as an opportunity to defraud people of money. They really are the lowest of the low.

      You too, Caz. Stay safe.

  9. WOW, there will always be people who do such at that!! There’s been reports here in the US in several cities of people showing up wearing hazmat clothing at the home of elderly people then entering the home only to rob them. Same scenario with people showing up as utility workers.

    1. You’re welcome, Stevie. There are lots of scams like this one out there. However, because this one asks for a lower amount of money, some may just fall for it.
      Thank you for also sharing the information with your readers. The more we share these types of scams, the more people we will hopefully stop from falling victim to them.
      Stay safe.

    1. I’m afraid that are hundreds of scammers out there who are taking advantage of the crisis the world currently finds itself in. It seems some humans have no respect for their fellow humans. They see times like these as opportunities to line their pockets.
      Stay safe.

    1. I agree entirely, Dan. It’s shocking that some humans still continue to prey on the vulnerable during a crisis that is affecting the whole world. I hope Karma pays these evil people a visit.

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