NHS Scam: Test And Trace Variant
The NHS scam takes different variations, just like the virus itself: the newest ones are the NHS Test And Trace Scam, also known as the Digital Passport Scam. Indeed, it all relates to ways of getting the ‘green document’ to make Brits have more freedom. Several types of websites promise the service online, using the National Health Service (NHS) name.
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How The NHS Digital Passport Scam Works
Many citizens are looking for an easier way to get the pass that gives them access to more liberties. Unfortunately, that translated into several online traps. Whether it’s is about the NHS Test and Trace scam or the Digital passport, a plethora of fake websites popped all over the internet offering the document without too many complications. It sounds good, right? Beware.
Regardless of where you live in the United Kingdom, you could quickly become a victim of this type of fraud. It works as a ‘processing fee’ to issue your new NHS passport. In reality, the scammers just take victims’ credit cards and max them out within minutes. If you have received any NHS branded email, text message, or an invitation, feel free to share its content in the comments section, so others are warned.
How The NHS Trace And Trace Scam Looks Like
As mentioned, you may receive an email with an invitation from a health-related organization to get a digital passport. Alternatively, you may even see ads on Facebook or Instagram promoting the bogus offers. The message’s content may state that a limited amount of passports could be issued—basically, a lot of non-sense, but unfortunately tempting enough for many people to fall for it.
Here is one of the variations for the NHS Digital passport scam:
“Starting today, you can apply for a Digital Passport. The Coronavirus Digital Passport is documentation proving that you have been vaccinated against COVID-19 or recently recovered from COVID-19. The passport will allow you to travel safely and freely around the world without having to self-isolate.”
“Who is eligible? UK citizens and their families, and legal residents”.
“How do I get the certificate? You can get your digital passport via the NHS portal by clicking the button below [compromised Get Digital Passport button].”
“How does it work? Each issuing body has been allocated a digital signature embedded in the QR code. Border staff will scan de QR code to see the data, although no personal data will be seen – nor will personal data of the holder go through the gateway which nations are using to verify signatures.”
As you might expect, clicking on the fake Get Digital Passport button will take you to a page that requires all your personal information. That also includes the credit card number, as the scammers will need you to pay a small processing fee for the passport.
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When You Are Contacted By NHS Test and Trace Legitimately
The NHS Test and Trace website states that they will not ask for financial information, payment, details of other accounts, request a PIN or password be set up, or call a premium rate number. However, the NHS scammers are skillful in obtaining the information they need without taking a direct approach.
NHS Test and Trace service could only contact you in the following cases:
- You have experienced COVID-19 symptoms and have ordered a test by visiting the NHS website or calling 119.
- You have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.
If any of the instances above applies to you, you will receive a text message, call, or email. You should then log on to the NHS Test and Trace website, which is usually the easiest way to communicate with the service. Children under 18 will get a phone call, and a parent or guardian will be asked to permit the call to continue.
You can find other details of the NHS Test and Trace scam and legit services on the Government’s webpage.
Also, do you want to see the Vaccine Travel Passport scam in video format? Watch the clip below to see it exposed:
NHS Scam: How To Report
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