Coronavirus: Scam sites selling masks and fake cures taken down – BBC News

Coronavirus: Scam sites selling masks and fake cures taken down – BBC News

Image copyright NCSC

More than 160,000 suspicious emails have been reported to a new scam-busting service in two weeks.

The Suspicious Email Reporting Service was set up two weeks ago by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

It received 10,000 reports in just one day, after being promoted on ITV’s Martin Lewis Money Show,

Many of the scam websites claimed to sell coronavirus tests, face masks and even vaccines.

Fake TV licensing website
Image copyright NCSC One scam website mimicked the TV Licensing website

Others were mock-ups of official government websites that tried to trick visitors into giving their payment information to scammers.

NCSC chief executive Ciaran Martin praised the “phenomenal response” from the British public.

“While cyber-criminals continue to prey on people’s fears, the number of scams we have removed in such a short timeframe shows what a vital role the public can play in fighting back,” he said.

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Source: Coronavirus: Scam sites selling masks and fake cures taken down – BBC News

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