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Coronavirus: Test and Trace scammers warning

Coronavirus: Test and Trace scammers warning

Published by Harry Long at 4:09pm 12th June 2020.

There have been reports of scammers claiming to be from NHS Test and Trace in North and West Yorkshire.

  • Patients in the Stray FM area are being warned to be aware of scammers claiming to be from NHS Test and Trace.
  • The system aims to limit the spread of coronavirus by asking patients with positive test results to share details about the people they've been in contact with. 
  • The NHS is asking patients to seek the correct guidance about the service.

The system aims to limit the spread of coronavirus by asking patients with positive test results to share details about the people they've been in contact with. 

NHS North Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is advising patients to be aware and seek the correct guidance about the service.

NHS England says any telephone call or text will come from a verified number and will provide you with a unique ID number, which you can use on the NHS Test and Trace website.  They advise that you do not click on any links in the text but instead go to the Test and Trace website.   

Calls or texts from any other numbers, or from a withheld number, should be treated as not genuine.

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Dr Charles Parker, Clinical Chair of NHS North Yorkshire CCG, added:

“People will usually be contacted within 72 hours after a test with the result. If you have not taken a test in the last 72 hours then the call or text will not be genuine. Please also be reassured that a genuine contact tracer will not ask you to provide any passwords, bank account details or pin numbers.

“Please do not let this stop you from taking a test, it is important that we do as much as we can to halt the spread of the virus and then we can start returning to a normal life.”

More information can be found here.