Covid Pass Scam Alert

The Signpost got an invitation to apply for an “NHS Covid Travel Certificate”. Closer inspection of the email address showed it originated in Japan. The NHS has gone global. Who knew?

In reality this is a scam designed to obtain bank account or other personal information.

Action Fraud has published guidance on these frauds and we’re happy to pass it on as a warning to folk that might not recognise these crooks.

Remember!

  • The NHS App is FREE
  • The NHS COVID Pass is FREE
  • The NHS will NEVER ask for payment or any financial details

We’ve forwarded our email as the guidance suggests.

Action Fraud on Covid Pass Scams

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:

  1. Be alert to links and attachments in unexpected text messages or emails
  2. Do not respond to requests for money, passwords or financial details
  3. Challenge: Could it be fake?
  4. Use the official NHS COVID Pass website (see below)

The NHS COVID Pass is available to demonstrate your COVID-19 status either in a digital or paper format via the NHS App, the NHS website or by calling 119.

For information on how to get your free NHS COVID Pass, visit the NHS Covid Pass web site.

What to do if you think you have been a victim of a COVID Pass scam

If you receive a call and suspect it to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk. 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% anonymous by contacting Crimestoppers online at covidfraudhotline.org or phone on 0800 587 5030.

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