POLICE in Trafford are warning people about a fake COVID-19 scam via email.

Officers from GMP Trafford North posted on Facebook about an international bank account number scam about grants.

They posted: "Members are urged to be aware of fake COVID-19 phishing emails currently circulating requesting the re-submission of grant application forms.

"The email looks as though it comes from the gov.uk website and offers a £25,000 grant from 'your local council'. It then askes you to click on the link and this next pages asks for personal and financial details.

"This is a scam.

"Always check for spelling and grammatical errors on unexpected emails. Never open attachments or click on links.

"Report suspicious emails to National Cyber Security Centre at report@phishing.gov.uk."

Officers also tweeted some advice as criminals are trying to impersonate people, organisation and spend hours researching businesses.

They said: "STOP: If you receive a request to make urgent payment, change supplier bank details, or provide financial information, take a moment to stop and think.

"CHALLENGE: Could it be fake? Verify all payments and supplier details directy with the company on an unknown phone number or in person first.

"PROTECT: Contact your business's bank immediately if you think you'e been scammed and report it to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk."