Following the alert sent out this morning, please see the official government response to messages such as the one shown below:
“The Government has only sent one text message to the public regarding new rules about staying at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Any others claiming to be from UK Government are false.
Criminals are able to use spoofing technology to send texts and emails impersonating organisations that you know and trust. We would remind anyone who receives an unexpected text or email asking for personal or financial details not click on the links or attachments, and don’t respond to any messages that ask for your personal or financial details.”
If you receive any such messages, report them to Action Fraud - www.actionfraud.police.uk/report-phishing
If you or someone you know is vulnerable has been a victim of fraud, please call Essex Police on 101.