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Bira members warned over Covid-19 scam text


Bira members are being warned about a scam text being sent to phones threatening a Government fine for breaching the current UK lock-down.

The text looks like it’s a legitimate message from the UK Government warning people they are being fined £30 for leaving their property multiple times a day. However, it has been confirmed as a scam.

It comes after Boris Johnson ordered people to stay at home to help stem the spread of the coronavirus. Under the curbs on movement, Brits have been instructed to leave home only for very limited reasons, including going to supermarkets for vital supplies or for exercise once a day.

The post contains an image showing two text messages apparently from the sender ‘UK_GOV’ reading:

“GOV.UK CORONAVIRUS ALERT  New rules in force now: you must stay at home. More info & exemptions at gov.uk/coronavirus  Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.” 

“You have been outside of your house 3 times today, you are in breach of government guidelines. Your £30 fine will be added to your bill.”

The Government said in a statement on March 24 that a text identical to the first would be sent to all members of the public with a registered phone number.

The Prime Minister’s office confirmed that only one text message had been sent, and that any others claiming to be from the Government were fake. View the Government message here.

When the lock-down was announced, the Government said that those who do not comply with the rules may received a £30 fine, however these would be spot fines from police, not fines delivered by text.

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