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Government Text Message Scams

The National Anti-Fraud Network (NAFN) have been made aware that unsolicited text messages are being sent to members of the public purporting to offer a COVID-19 Grant due to the current lockdown. The text includes a link to “claim” the grant
and starts with the words GOV.UK and ends with, suggesting the text message has been sent by or on behalf of the government and is therefore an authentic message. Open source checks confirm that the number from which the text
appears to be sent is associated with other fraudulent attempts. These can be forwarded directly to 7726, which goes to your mobile provider.