NHS Test & Trace & Scams
The NHS Test & Trace service is now up and running. This forms a central part of the Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy to help as many people as possible, return to life as close to normal as possible, in a way that is safe and protects our NHS and social care.
This month is Scam Awareness Month, and very sadly, scammers are taking advantage of the pandemic, to try and con people out of money.
If you test positive for Covid-19, you will need to follow self-isolation guidelines, and share details of who you have been in close contact with. This will be through a secure website or you will be called by a contact tracer. The tracing service will then get in touch with those people.
If you are contacted by the NHS test & trace service because you have had contact with someone who has tested positive, this may be by phone, text or email. You can use the online NHS test & trace website, or you can follow the process in a phone conversation. You will then need to self-isolate for 14 days to protect those around you.
For full details visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/nhs-test-and-trace-if-youve-been-in-contact-with-a-person-who-has-coronavirus/
If the NHS test and trace service contacts you, the service will use text messages, email or phone.
The following organisations have lots of helpful advice about scams – how to spot them, how to report them, and what to do if you think you have fallen victim to a scam: