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15 September 2020

MSPs Warn Constituents to be Vigilant to Track and Trace Scammers

North-East MSPs have warned constituents to be vigilant after concerns were raised over scam artists asking for cash in exchange for coronavirus tests.

It comes after First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned the Scottish Government had been informed fraudulent calls had been taking place.

During the daily coronavirus briefing, Ms Sturgeon called attempts to scam people for money as “despicable”.

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin and Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson have now urged to people living in the north-east to take caution when contacted by anyone claiming to be from track and trace.

Commenting, Gillian Martin MSP said:

“It is truly shocking that during such a time of crisis anyone would attempt to take advantage of it, I would urge anyone who receives a phone call regarding track and trace in which they are asked for any bank details to immediately hang up the phone.

“No one working in contact tracing will be asking for these details – tests are free.

“As the First Minister has highlighted, if you receive a call and you are unsure you always have the option to hang up and call back.

“Calls regarding track and trace will only be received from 0800 030 8012.”

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said:

“Anyone calling from track and trace will not ask you for any details regarding health other than directly related to the coronavirus.

“A caller will also not ask for social media details, passwords or pins or request you to make any payments.

“It is important we also alert any older people in the community who may be vulnerable to this time of scam what to look out for.”

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