CONSUMER website Which? has shared a warning over a NHS Covid scam circulating in the UK.
Scammers are looking to capitalise on the confusion surrounding restrictions.
Throughout the pandemic it has been important that people were aware of the scams doing the rounds to give them the best chance of keeping their personal details safe.
Scammers will often make contact via email, phone calls and texts using sophisticated methods to exploit people while there are so many concerns from the vaccine rollout to the economy.
Warning over NHS Covid Pass scam
The latest scam targeting unsuspecting victims is exploiting the recent rollout of the NHS Covid Pass launched as part of the UK’s travel restrictions.
It’s important to not vaccine passes are completely free via the NHS app or by asking a physical pass to be posted to you.
Messages sent via texts and emails claiming to be from the NHS are now being sent to potential victims of fraud.
The message reads: “NHS: You are now eligible to apply for a Covid Pass proving you have been vaccinated against COVID-19”
The message includes a link the appears to be to the NHS website but is in fact a scam website set up to secure your personal details.
Which? has issued a scam alert warning people of the potential threat to their personal details.
It said on Twitter: “Watch out for this NHS COVID vaccine passport scam that’s been doing the rounds.
“It looks like it’s linking to a genuine URL, but in reality, it’s a slick phishing website designed to steal your personal and financial details.”
SCAM ALERT | Watch out for this NHS COVID vaccine passport scam that’s been doing the rounds.
It looks like it’s linking to a genuine URL, but in reality, it’s a slick phishing website designed to steal your personal and financial details. pic.twitter.com/WG2pcmRJf9
— Which? (@WhichUK) July 6, 2021
How to spot scams and what to do if you see one
Trading Standards South West the warning signs to look out for.
- A cold call – someone contacts you about something that you didn’t request or expect.
- Fantastic offer – the offer sounds very attractive yet too good to be true.
- A sense of urgency – you’re told that the offer is only available for a limited time or that you must act quickly.
- Odd language – the wording in the email or letter doesn’t sound right, or it has bad spelling and grammar.
- Secrecy – you’re told not to tell anyone.
- Upfront payment request – you’re asked to pay money upfront or send a fee without an agreed contract.
- Information request – you’re asked to give personal information or banking details.