‘Sickening’ Test and Trace text scam is circulating – what to do if you receive it

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A ‘sickening’ Test and Trace text scam is circulating that tries to trick people into isolating.

The scam started circulating back in May, but has resurfaced in Scotland this week, according to the Chartered Trading Standards Institute.

It sees members of the public receiving texts informing them that they’ve come into contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19, and prompts them to enter their personal details on a bogus website.

NHS Scotland said: "We've been made aware of a text message scam circulating, where messengers are posing as Test and Protect contact tracers are getting in touch with people and asking them to reply to the message and self-isolate immediately.

“This is not a genuine message from our Test and Protect team.”

The Test and Trace scam is circulating on WhatsApp
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The latest version of the scam is circulating via WhatsApp, and asks you to reply to an unknown number with your personal details.

CTSI Lead Officer, Katherine Hart, said: "CTSI uncovered evidence of this scam operating in England and Wales which is sadly still ongoing. Now it has crossed the border and is also targeting the public throughout Scotland.

"It sickens me that fraudsters are targeting vulnerable communities across the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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"A genuine contact tracer will never ask for personal details such as your bank account and medical records, and they certainly won't try to sell you anything.

"These kinds of messages have appeared as both regular text messages and WhatsApp messages. Please do not respond to them. If you have any doubts about a message from Scotland's Test and Protect team, please call 0800 030 8012 to verify.”

If you receive the scam message, we would advise reporting it to the Action Fraud website in England and Wales, or if you’re in Scotland, call Police Scotland on 101.

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