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Scams Update

Alert message sent 31/07/2020 14:25:00

Information sent on behalf of Neighbourhood Watch Scotland

Test and Protect Scams

We’ve warned you previously about scammers posing as Test and Protect representatives looking for payments for tests, financial information and login details for social media and email accounts.

We just want to remind you that genuine Test and Protect representatives WILL NOT:
  • Ask you for information other than your movements and the people you have been in contact with
  • Ask for financial information such as bank or credit card details or details of medical records
  • Try to sell you anything or ask for any payments or donations
  • Ask you to set up a PIN or download anything or ask for remote access to your computer
  • Ask for your social media details, passwords or PIN numbers
  • Ask you to phone a premium rate number or visit a website other than NHS Scotland or the Scottish Government
Make sure you get your information from official sources such as NHS Scotland, Scottish Government or Public Health Scotland.

TV Licence Scam Emails

This is one of the most persistent scams doing the rounds, with fraudsters sending out thousands of genuine-looking scam TV Licence emails.

Most recently, the emails state your direct debit has failed and you must set up a new one to avoid prosecution. Some of the emails also reference the Covid-19 outbreak.
PayPal Scam

Action Fraud is warning people about a new PayPal scam after thousands of scam emails were reported to them in one day.

The scam email states that your account has been limited due to a policy violation and requests you click the link, which takes you to a legitimate looking page, to enter your account and payment details.

PayPal state they will never ask for payment details via email – this type of request will always be made via their secure message service within your account.

You can read more about these scams and the latest scams doing the rounds in this week's Scam Share Bulletin from Trading Standards Scotland.

If you've been the victim of a scam, contact us at consumer.enquiries@southlanarkshire.gov.uk or on 0303 123 1015.

Stay safe!

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Leisa Hughes (NHWN, Administrator, South Lanarkshire)

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