Coronavirus Scams

Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to try and get their hands on your money and personal information. To date, Action Fraud has received reports from 2,378 victims of Coronavirus-related scams, with the total losses reaching over £7 million.

How you can protect yourself from Coronavirus-related scams:

There are some simple steps you can take that will protect you from the most common Coronavirus-related scams. Here’s what need to do:

1 - Watch out for scam messages
Your bank, or other...

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You have a Voice Message

Just seen a number of these this week, an email stating there is a private voice mail message attached and to click the link.

As these are not addressed to you personally, rather to the prefix of your email address, and they are not an actual sound file, rather an HTML document, and mainly from domains such as 365messenger these are fake. Clicking the attachment will more likely than not download a small file that will redirect your browser to a website that will no doubt install some...

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Hotmail scam - January 2020

Latest in a long line of scams is this one.

Allegedly from Microsoft asking me to update my hotmail account. Might have been a little more convincing if it was:

  • Addressed to me, rather than an email address
  • Sent from a Hotmail/Outlook or Microsoft address rather than a Belgian email domain.
  • Or the link in the blue button didn't point to

Fake hotmail Upgrade email

Warning! Fake TV Licensing Emails

TV Licensing ScamJust received yet another email alledgedly from the TV License people advising me that they are unable to take my next Direct Debit.

This time the entire email is hosted remotely so simply looking at it normally (ie: in outlook/outlook express/web mail) gives the scammers knowledge that your email is valid .It is sent from with links to and includes a link to
All of which is highly...

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Warning! Fake TV Licensing Emails

Just received an email alledgedly from the TV License people advising me that they are unable to take my next Direct Debit.

Unfortunately or fortunately, Licence is spelt with both an "s" and a "c" in different parts of the email, the "Click Here" link goes to l but is redirected to a TV License lookalike site at

Never click a link in a suspect email asking for your bank details, always type in the address into a new browser window or use Google...

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Warning! Outlook Updates Scam

Warning! Fake Outlook Update ScamNot satisfied with trying to scam me by sending fake Income Tax emails, the Canadian domains are now trying to con people into infecting their computer by sending out emails with the Subject Outlook Updates - 2019-2022

One I have received is apparently sent via and the body of the email, includes the warning that:-

Hi email address<br><br>Your Outlook Account needs to be updated.<br>We are upgrading our server to a more user friendly...

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Lonely Hearts Romance Fraudster Alert

Warning! Romance dating site ScamsThe National Fraud Information Bureau have become aware of techniques used by romance fraudsters against people using dating sites. Not only will they steal your heart they will steal your money and your identification.

You may think you’ve met the perfect partner through an online dating website or app, but the other person is using a fake profile to form a relationship with you. They’re using the site to gain your trust and ask you for money or enough personal information to steal your...

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Warning! More Income Tax Scams

Income Tax Scam email Warning!I have had several scam Income Tax emails recently, most seem to be sent via a Canadian domain - including and A genuine email from the UK tax office would be sent from and most certainly not a Canadian domain.

There was also a HTML part to the message which had a link to the Government Gateway website which actually linked to visionsprings{.} com and not and it was also addressed to an email address, not to me by name. All...

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Warning! Income Tax Return Scam

Income Tax Scam email Warning!Had a couple of these recently, one offering me a Income Tax Refund, but the grammar of the message let it down, I won't say what the errors were as I don't want to help the scammers improve their scams. The second which was sent from a really long email address, possible to obsure the fact that it was NOT sent from started off with HM-AccessServer-CustomerTaxRefund-UserInfo8882alana followed by a Canadian domain -

This second one was also in Thai or some other...

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Warning! Fake Tv Licensing Emails

Warning! TV Licencing FraudAction Fraud has received more than 5,000 reports about fake emails and texts purporting to be from TV Licensing. The messages contain links to genuine-looking websites that are designed to steal personal and financial information.

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

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