News Article

COVID-19 Grant scam text

25 February 2021

We have been made aware that unsolicited text messages are being sent to members of the public purporting to offer a COVID-19 Grant due to the current lockdown.

The text includes a link to “claim” the grant and starts with the words GOV.UK and ends with, suggesting the text message has been sent by or on behalf of the Government and is therefore an authentic message. Open source checks confirm that the number from which the text appears to be sent is associated with other fraudulent attempts.  A copy of the text appears below.

If you would like to report any instances of the above information being used in similar fraud attempts please email them to and the details will be forwarded to the relevant teams.