Police warning after scam coronavirus texts reported

FRODSHAM and district residents are being warned about scam coronavirus texts which purport to be from the police.
The warning comes from Cheshire Constabulary who say the fake texts claim that a neighbour has reported a number of people coming in and out of the recipient’s address during lockdown.
The fraudsters then state that the text is the first warning and if anyone else attends their property, police officers will be dispatched and the householder fined £1,000.
Detective Sergeant Chris Jacques, of the Economic Crime Unit, said: “This is extremely concerning and we are urging everyone to remain vigilant if they receive a text of this nature.
“These scams do not discriminate and could affect anyone. It is a desperately uncertain time and fraudsters are playing on this to benefit in any way that they can.
“No police force would send messages such as this. If you do receive texts along the lines of this scam, please do not be alarmed.
“Do not respond to the texts and report it to us by calling 101 or call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.”
Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane said: “Being the recipient of scams such as this can be extremely alarming.
“These opportunist scammers will stop at nothing to target innocent, law-abiding victims by inciting fear.
“I would urge the residents of Cheshire to stay vigilant and to tell others about this scam so that no-one falls foul to these heartless criminals.”

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