Trading Standards have just made me aware of a COVID related scam –
Texts claiming to be from NHS inviting people to apply for a Covid Passport, requesting personal details and bank details to pay a £4.99 fee.
Please be aware that the NHS / Scottish Government do not charge a fee for any Covid vaccinations or Covid passports
The NHS will never ask for bank details and the vaccine is free.
Contact your bank immediately if you think you’ve been the victim of a scam and report it to Police Scotland via 101 or Contact Us form.
I would refer you to the following bulletins for up to date advice on current scams:
Trading Standards Scotland Scam Share bulletin
Cyber Scotland Monthly Bulletin
If you receive a request to make an urgent payment, change supplier bank details or provide financial information, take a moment to stop and think.
Could it be fake? Verify all payments and supplier details directly with the company on a known phone number or in person first.
Contact your business’s bank immediately if you think you’ve been scammed and report it to Police Scotland.
For further help and advice go to:
In Scotland, scams can be reported to Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 800 9060
Message Sent By
Samantha Campbell (Police, Constable, Edinburgh)