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Avoid Track & Trace Scams

The Covid-19 Track & Trace app hasn’t been released yet, but scammers are out and about.  The Devon and Cornwall Police’s Cyber Protect Unit has issued the following advice:

Contact tracers will NEVER:

  • Ask you to dial a premium rate number to speak to them (for example, those starting in 09 or 087)
  • Ask you to make any form of payment
  • Ask for any details about your bank account
  • Ask for your social media identities or login details, or those of your contacts
  • Ask you for any passwords or PINs, or ask you to set up any passwords or PINs over the phone
  • Ask you to purchase a product
  • Ask you to download any software to your device or ask you to hand over control of your PC, smartphone or tablet
  • Ask you to access any website that does not belong to the Government or NHS

The ONLY website the service will ask you to visit is: https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk.

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