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Warning over test and trace scams

By Jamie Brassington | Dudley | Crime | Published:

Scammers are targetting people for money by allegedly posing as the Government's coronavirus test and trace service.

Dudley Council House

Council bosses have warned Dudley residents to be vigilante after reports of the scams this week.

A text message has been doing the rounds which takes people to an illicit website where they are asked to submit personal financial information.

People are urged to delete these messages and not click on the link included.

The test and trace service will contact people by phone, email or text messages but genuine text messages and emails will come from the NHS and calls from 03000135000.

At no point will people be asked for their bank details to pay for a test.

Councillor Nicolas Barlow, cabinet member for health and adult social care, said: "At a time of national crisis, when a lot of people may already be feeling anxious and vulnerable, it’s sad to think criminals will try and capitalise on the situation.

"The test and trace service is new so people may not fully understand how it works yet. One thing to stress is that the genuine service will never ask for bank details or ask you to pay for a test. If you have any messages claiming that you should, please ignore and delete immediately."

Anyone who has received a fraudulent text message can report it to Dudley Council’s scams unit by calling 01384 818871 or via trading.standards@dudley.gov.uk

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
Senior Multi-Media Journalist - @JamieB_Star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star. Contact me at jamie.brassington@expressandstar.co.uk.

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