Jackie Baillie MSP is this week warning local people of ‘despicable’ scammers who are trying to trick people into paying for COVID-19 contact tracing.
Scammers are claiming to be members of the NHS Test and Protect service and are asking people for their bank details in return for a home testing kit.
Jackie Baillie MSP is advising local people in West Dunbartonshire and Argyll & Bute that if they have concerns about a potential scam, or anyone who believes they have been scammed to contact Advice Direct Scotland, who run the national consumer advice service, consumeradvice.scot.
Commenting Jackie Baillie MSP for Dumbarton, Vale of Leven, Helensburgh and Lomond said:
“This is a despicable and sickening scam, being perpetrated by criminals who are attempting to rip people off during a global pandemic.
“COVID-19 tests are free and when you are contacted by Test and Protect, they will never ask you for your bank details.
“I urge local people in West Dunbartonshire and Argyll & Bute to be cautious, if you have concerns about a potential scam, or you believe you may have fallen for one, please get in touch with Advice Direct Scotland who can offer you help and support.
NOTES TO EDITOR:
People can contact Advice Direct Scotland on their helpline using the following number 0808 800 9060.