Council warning over scam business grants email

Rotherham Council has issued a warning about a scam email which claims business owners are eligible for grants up to £25,000.

Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 9:07 am
Updated Tuesday, 28th April 2020, 10:59 am

Fraudsters are trying to get business owners to hand over their financial details by sending emails that look as though they are sent by the government.

The message claims the receiver is owed a Covid-19 government business grant and the link takes them through to a legitimate-looking gov.uk website.

The receiver is then asked to enter financial details, with a claim that payments can take up to three working days.

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Warning about email scam

A spokesman said: "We've been alerted to a scam email to businesses doing the rounds.

"This is fake. Direct.gov is not managing the grant process.

"The council will only ask for banking details via the secure form on our website."

Support is available to businesses, which will be administered by the council, including grants and business rates relief.