Scam Alert - not Durham County Council

Durham County Council has received reports of residents receiving a text message advising that they may be eligible to claim a Covid-19 grant.  The message contains a link to a website which looks very similar to a Durham County Council webpage.  The page has information on the different support you can apply for and leads to an application form which requests your personal details, card details and even information like your mother’s maiden name.

Durham County Council will never ask you to share these details and will never contact you by text regarding support payments.

You may receive a letter or email from Durham County Council offering support in response to your application for Covid-19 support payments.  Further information about support related to Covid-19 is available at: www.durham.gov.uk/article/22971/Covid-19-support-for-residents.

If you receive any contact that claims to be from Durham County Council that you are unsure is genuine, please contact us on 03000 260 260.

More information on our Corporate Fraud Team can be found at: www.durham.gov.uk/counterfraud and the team can contacted by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.