NHS test and trace system
The Government announced the launch of the NHS test and trace system in England and Scotland on 27 May. Earlier in the month Trading Standards warned about a phishing scam around use of the trial contact tracing app being piloted in the Isle of Wight. It has not been rolled out across the rest of the country but that hasn’t stopped the scammers trying to take advantage. Clients should look out for texts with links in them. The link goes to a bogus website which asks for personal details. Scammers may use the information to gain access to bank accounts and commit other forms of identity fraud.
The real NHS test and trace system will NOT ask you to:
- provide bank details or payments
- give details of any other accounts, such as social media
- set up a password or PIN number over the phone
- call a premium rate number, such as those starting 09 or 087