Action Fraud have reported that £34.5m has been stolen since 1 March 2020.

With more than 6,000 cases of Covid-related fraud and cyber-crime recorded by UK's police forces.

UK's National Fraud Reporting Centre have revealed the shocking numbers covering the activity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, but not in Scotland.

Scammers were also attempting to breach the NHS, vaccine producers and vaccine supply chains, among other organisations.

"There unfortunately have been a number of successful ransomware incidents against businesses," NCSC operations director Paul Chichester said. He added: "I can think of roughly around 10."

Action Fraud explained that most victims were conned by believing they were talking to their banks via fraud text messages.