A new scam during the rounds

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A new scam during the rounds

Postby juliantenniscoach » Mon Sep 28, 2020 9:53 am

Hi all,

A friend of mine who is not one for drama tells me this is a thing. Awful people exploiting awful times.

‘Good afternoon I'm calling from the NHS track and trace service. According to our system, you are likely to have been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This means that you now need to self-isolate for 7 days and take a COVID-19 test.'

'OK. Can you tell me who that person was?'
'I'm not able to tell you that. That is confidential information.'

'Right. Um... so ....'

'But you do need to be tested within the next 72 hours. So can I just get the best mailing address so that we can send a kit to you?'
'Ok (gives address)'

I just need to take a payment card so that we can finalize this and send the kit to you.'

'Sorry - a payment card? I thought this was all free?'

'No - I'm afraid not. There is a one-off fee of £50 for the kit and test results. Could you read off the long card number for me, please, when you're ready.'

'No - that's not right. This is part of the NHS so there's no charge.'

'I'm afraid there is. Can you give me the card number please - this is very important, and there are penalties for not complying.'

Puts the phone down.
This is how scammers work. And vulnerable people will fall for it.”
Don't fall for it...!
Please share and tell all elderly relatives too!!
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Re: A new scam during the rounds

Postby Annabel (admin) » Mon Sep 28, 2020 10:27 am

Thank you for posting Julian.

We will share in next week's email and on social.

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Re: A new scam during the rounds

Postby LimeT » Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:19 am

OMG! Those people have no morality! Your friend is lucky that she knows, that NHS is for free. Unfortunately, some foreigners do not know this
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