Let-off for Covid fraudster

A teenage fraudster who preyed on Covid anxiety by directing potential sufferers to a fake website offering cash handouts has been spared jail. Greedy Jay Samra, 19, sent ‘smishing’ text messages stating: ‘As part of backing Covid-19, HMRC has issued a statement of goodwill: click the link to claim.’ Samra sold the details his dupes entered into the bogus site. He also sent text messages claiming to be from Three Mobile, directing customers onto a fake website to steal their…

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