Covid Contact Tracing App Scam Alert

There has been a lot in the news about the new contact tracing App that forms a key part of the UK Government’s strategy to beat the virus. Unfortunately, as ever, fraudsters have jumped on the band wagon and are sending fake text messages notifying people of supposed “Someone who came in contact with you tested positive….” With a link for more info. The link then asks for a heap of personal details which cyber criminals will later use to defraud you. The first thing to remember is that currently this scheme is only live on the Isle of Wight, so if you do not live there then definitely ignore such a text. And, even for residents, only respond to a message if you have downloaded the app and are certain any message is real.

ONLY APP USERS CAN GET A MESSAGE AND THEN GO TO THE APP

Tips and Advice

  • Don’t click – on any attachments to unexpected emails or texts. Go to the App if you get a message, not by any link but separately through opening the app
  • Read more – about the app on the NHS website
  • Personal means private! – Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are talking to
  • Report it! – If you receive such a message you can report it to your mobile provider by forwarding to 7726
  • Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisors will help you to stay safe
  • To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool.

 

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