CRIMINALS are using the NHS Covid pass to con people out of handing over their details and their hard earned cash.
But what are the scams and how to you report one if you think you or someone you know has been approached by a con artist?
The NHS Covid pass is in place to show people your vaccination status – there is an app and you can also have a paper copy[/caption]
What is the NHS Covid pass?
The NHS Covid pass allows you to display your vaccination status on an app.
For this you need to log into your NHS account and download the app. Your health records will be connected to the app as it is done through the NHS England app.
The pass will be a QR code that is generated through the app, showing you are fully vaccinated.
It has been used for big events such as the theatre and many events will ask you to have this alongside a negative lateral flow test.
You are also able to show your vaccination status through a paper copy.
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What is the scam?
Con artists are sending text messages, phone calls and emails pretending to be from the NHS and offering vaccine passports.
Some have also been found to be offering the fake service through social media platforms.
NHS Scotland launched its version of the app just last week and Scots have also been inundated with scammers.
These messages will usually be asking the recipient to click on a link that leads you to an online form which looks almost identical to the NHS website.
The websites then request people to enter personal and financial information.
The NHS will never text or email you and ask for financial details.
You should contact your local practise if you are concerned or if you think you need to update your personal information.
You should never hand over personal information such as your bank details.
How do I report it?
There are a number of ways you can report potential fraud if you think you have been a victim or if you think you have been approached by a scammer.
If someone calls you and you think it’s fraudulent, hang up straight away.
If you are concerned about an email you have received you can also forward it to email@example.com.
If you have received a suspicious text you can send it to 7726, which is free-of-charge.
If you think you have been a victim of fraud then there are people who can help.
You can report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or email actionfraud.police.uk.
A dedicated Covid fraud hotline has also been set up which you can report issues to on covidfraudhotline.org, you can also call CrimeStoppers on 0800 587 5030.
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