Sandwell Council and West Midlands Police have sent out warnings to residents after some have been targeted by scammers asking for £50 for a postal testing kit.
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: "Overnight we have been made aware of a scam where members of the public are being phoned up from someone saying they are from NHS track and trace service.
"They will go on to say that they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19 but they won't tell you who it is and they need to self-isolate for seven days and take a test within the next 72 hours.
"They then ask for the best mailing address to send the testing kit out to you for a one-off fee of £50 including results and then ask for bank details. Please don't hand over bank details over the phone. Testing and results are free."
We've been made aware by @WMPolice of scammers posing as NHS Test and Trace staff.— Sandwell Council (@sandwellcouncil) September 16, 2020
The scam involves a phone call claiming you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19.
You are then asked to pay £50 for a postal testing kit.
Do not fall for this. pic.twitter.com/RfYWJxcefu