|Following a report of a suspected Contact and Trace Telephone Scam in the Forth Valley Area yesterday, the below information will be useful. Please feel free to forward this information to family, friends, neighbours and any social media groups you may be part of. One simple conversation may stop someone becoming a victim to these criminals.
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, scammers have been keeping up to date with the latest developments. Now, with the launch of NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect service and the new Protect Scotland contact tracing app, consumers are being warned to be wary of fraudsters posing as contact tracers. There have been reports from Scottish consumers about cold callers who say that you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 and ask you to pay £500 to take a test.
Genuine contact tracers may first send you a text to let you know that you will receive a call from NHS Scotland. Calls will be made from 0800 030 8012.
They will NOT:
Genuine contact tracers will give you the option to call the above national number to verify that the service is genuine.
Get information about contact tracing in Scotland from official sources: NHS Scotland, the Scottish Government or Public Health Scotland.
Report contact tracing scams to Advice Direct Scotland. If you have been the victim of a fraud, report it to Police Scotland on 101.