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UK most targeted nation for COVID-19 spam email

April 3rd 2020

The UK is the most heavily targeted nation for COVID-19 (Coronavirus)-related email spam.

For an updated list of commonplace COVID-19 (Coronavirus)-related scams, click here.

According to research by cybersecurity company Trend Micro, 20.8% of global malicious Coronavirus spam is sent to UK-based email addresses. France came second at 11.5%, with the US coming third with 8.2% of all spam emails received.

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI), noted a sharp rise in scams themed around the Coronavirus pandemic in the UK and has issued a series of warnings to the public over the past fortnight. The majority of these scams involve digital communications, predominantly email and text.

The research also found that the UK hosted 10.4% of all websites containing malicious COVID-19-related URLs. These kinds of links regularly lead to pages which request credit card details of the recipient or download dangerous apps which steal data or lock devices.

CTSI Lead Officer, Katherine Hart, said: "It is no surprise that the UK is the most targeted nation for this kind of scam email. CTSI has received intelligence on many new scams themed around the virus since the pandemic hit the UK.

"It's reprehensible that unscrupulous people are taking advantage of millions of people during this unparalleled pandemic. This research on Coronavirus email scams is a sobering confirmation that the UK is the most targeted nation and that UK nationals must be the most vigilant and sceptical when receiving these kinds of messages."

Get Safe Online's advice about how to spot and avoid a fraudulent email can be found here. Our list of commonplace Coronavirus-related online scams can be found here.