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The NHS Covid Pass is being used by scammers to target the public and convince them to hand over money, financial details and personal information, it has emerged.
Now that the pass is needed for entry into certain venues, many people will be using them than ever.
So how can you spot the signs of a scam, and what should you do if you think you have been targeted? Here’s everything you need to know?
What is the scam?
Action Fraud says scammers “are sending imitation text messages, emails and making phone calls pretending to be from the NHS, and offering fake vaccine certificates for sale online and through social media”.
If you are contacted about your NHS Covid Pass:
- Be alert to links and attachments in unexpected text messages or emails
- Do not respond to requests for money, passwords or financial details
- Challenge: Could it be fake?
- Use the official NHS Covid Pass website
What should I do if I think I have been a victim of the scam?
Action Fraud says: “If you receive a call and suspect it to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email, forward it to email@example.com. If you are suspicious about a text message, forward it to the number 7726, which is free-of-charge.
“If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by visiting actionfraud.police.uk or calling 0300 123 2040.
“If you have any information relating to NHS Covid Pass or vaccine certificate fraud you can stay 100%…