Posted: Thu 18th Jun 2020

Fake COVID-19 home testing appointment texts targets public

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has said it has witnessed evidence of bogus texts informing members of the public that a “COVID Home Testing Team” will visit their homes.

The text specifies a date and time for the visit and that the “team” will telephone the recipient upon arrival.

The text becomes suspicious where it states that the team “will enter your property and we will remain inside the front door to put on our protective clothing.

You must wait in a separate room before we come to you.”

Katherine Hart, CTSI Lead Officer for Doorstep Crime, said: “This is simply an attempt by thieves to gain access to people’s homes under cover of coronavirus measures. Members of the public should ignore these text messages and report them to Action Fraud.”

NHS Test and Trace will never ask you for financial details, PINs or passwords. They will also never visit your home.

To report instances of scam texts, emails, or other suspected scam messages, go to the Action Fraud website, or if in Scotland, call Police Scotland on 101.

You can also report suspicious texts by forwarding the original message to 7726, which spells SPAM on your keypad. 

The public is also encouraged to become a Friend Against Scams, an initiative by National Trading Standards which aims to protect and prevent people from becoming victims of scams.


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