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Be on your guard – Track and Trace scam circulating nationally

11:46 am, Thursday, 1st October 2020 - 4 weeks ago

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North East Lincolnshire residents are being warned to be vigilant after a Track and Trace scam has been circulating across the country asking people to pay for a COVID-19 test.

It is being reported that people are being contacted by someone claiming to be from the NHS Track and Trace service.

They are then being told they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus and must pay for a test or face consequences for not complying.

Councillor Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities, said: “COVID-19 tests are free and the NHS will never ask for card details.

“We have not had any local incidents reported to our Trading Standards team, but I would still urge everyone to be careful.

“Lots of fraudsters have been taking advantage of the current situation and targeting people with scams and I wouldn’t want anyone to fall victim to one.

“Never let yourself be pressurised into doing something you are suspicious of and seek advice.”

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