And so it begins!
Just to let you know these phone calls are going round:
CALLER: ‘Good morning, according to our system, you are likely to have been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This means that you now need to self-isolate for 7 days and take a COVID-19 test.’
YOU: ‘OK. Can you tell me who that person was?’
CALLER: ‘I’m not able to tell you that. That is confidential information.’
YOU: ‘Right. Um... so ....’
CALLER: ‘But you do need to be tested within the next 72 hours. So can I just get the best mailing address so that we can send a kit to you?’
YOU: ‘Ok (gives address)’
CALLER: ‘Thank you - and I just need a card to make the payment with so that we can finalize this and send the kit to you.’
YOU: ‘Sorry - a credit card? I thought this was all free?’
CALLER: ‘No - I’m afraid not. There is a one-off fee of $50 for the kit and test results. Could you read off the card number for me, please, when you’re ready.’
YOU: ‘No - that’s not right.
CALLER: ‘I’m afraid it is. Can you give me the card number please - this is very important, and there are penalties for not complying.’
YOU: HANG UP.
This is how scammers work. And vulnerable people will fall for it.”
Don’t fall for it...!