|Emails, text messages, instant messages could be a scam. Do not click on blue or any colour links within electronic messages unless you have verified who the sender is. If in doubt, don’t click.Links are just a shortcut to a website.
Instead, you could consider logging into your account the message refers to, using your tried, tested and trusted way. So, if the message appears to be from HMRC and you do actually have a HMRC account, then come out of your email account and visit www.gov.uk and login that way rather than clicking on a link.
If you don’t have a HMRC account then be very suspicious and ignore it.
If the message purports to be from Amazon, eBay, Netflix, DVLA, the list is endless, the same applies don’t click on the link but login to your account using a tried, tested and trusted way.
If you want information about coronavirus and COVID-19 visit www.nhs.uk or Public Health England via www.gov.uk
Just because a web address contains HTTPS it does not mean it is a genuine site.
Here is one way of assessing whether a website is unsafe.
To report fraud or cyber crime, and for advice on how to avoid it visit www.actionfraud.police.uk
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Sue Loaker (Police, Community Safety Officer, East Cambridgeshire)