N Yorkshire Police warnings

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I have been made aware of a number of new scams exploiting peoples fear over the Corona virus. 

The scams take several forms which include (so far): 

·        Messages claiming to be from HMRC offering a tax refund due to changes in the law around

Covid-19, recipients have to click a link which takes them to a fraudulent website

·        Messages claiming to be from the Center for Disease Control or from the World Health

Organisation. These messages offer the recipient the chance to view a list of confirmed cases

within their local area by clicking on a link and making a Bitcoin payment.

·        Emails claiming to be from a virologist sending an attached document with instructions on

how to avoid the Coronavirus. The attachment is malicious.

·        Fraudulent online sales of masks and hand sanitiser which never materialise. If an online

shopping offer looks too good to be true, then it probably is.

Please do not click on links or open attachments and take time to check that the email is from a

legitimate source. Please be aware that fraudsters go to great lengths to make their communications

with you look genuine. 


For further information you can see the BBC website here.