Warning over covid text scam issued as cases rise in Scotland
As covid cases rise in Scotland, people are urged to watch out for scam text messages which appear to be linked to track and trace and other covid measures.
It comes as experts have warned that due to new sub-variants of Omicron, around one in 30 Scots are expected to have the virus.
Trading Standards Scotland earlier warned: “Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, scammers have kept up to date with the latest developments. Now, with the launch of NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect service and new app for Protect Scotland contact tracing, consumers are warned to beware of fraudsters posing as contact tracers.”
However, as of 1 May 2022, contact tracing is no longer used in Scotland’s response to Covid-19.
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But people are still getting very convincing texts that seem to come from Test and Protect.
The text may say something like ‘NHS: You may be in close contact with someone with the Omicron variant. Please order a text kit here’ – then provide a link.
In one case, the sender was named “Trace Alerts”.
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When Test and Protect was used, real contact tracers would first text you to let you know you will be receiving a call from NHS Scotland.
NHS Scotland will not ask you for money or try to sell you anything.
The latest advice and information for the public on Covid-19 is available on NHS inform.
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