The UK Health Security Agency has issued the following advice to the public to help people spot Covid-19 test scams.
- Contact tracing ended from 24 February 2022 and the Government is no longer issuing SMS or emails to close contacts.
- You will never receive a text from NHS Test and Trace or another government department advising you that you need to pay for a test. All groups that are eligible for testing will be provided with free tests.
- Anyone who is contacted should immediately report it. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.
If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk. Action Fraud is the reporting centre for fraud and cybercrime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Reports of fraud and any other financial crime in Scotland should be reported to Police Scotland via 101.