Adam French, Which? Consumer Rights Expert, said:
“Impersonating legitimate organisations or government officials is a common tactic scammers use to reel in victims, and worryingly the coronavirus outbreak has seen more of these types of scams come out of the woodwork.
“Consumers should be on red alert and extra cautious before clicking on any unsolicited emails, texts or answering calls. Make sure your software and antivirus devices are up to date, and consider reading Which?’s advice on how to spot a fake URL, that might trick you into handing over your login details and passwords.”
Notes to editors
- Which? guidance on spotting a fake URL: https://www.which.co.uk/news/2020/04/how-to-spot-and-stop-fake-coronavirus-texts-and-emails/
- Which? is a non-profit organisation working to make life simpler, fairer and safer for consumers. During the coronavirus crisis, Which? is making a range of news, advice and guides available for free for anyone who needs it at https://www.which.co.uk/news/coronavirus/