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Police warn about Test and Trace scammers

Thursday 23 July 2020

Police are warning local residents to be aware of scammers using the government's Test & Trace program to commit fraud.

Criminals are trying to take advantage of the process by posing as contact tracers and gathering personal information by deception. 

Genuine contact tracers will never ask you for any form of payment, ask you to dial a premium rate number or ask for passwords, PINS or social media identities.

Detective Inspector Rob Burns from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Serious Fraud and Cyber Unit said: "Whilst it is possible for criminals to fake official phone numbers, they cannot fake official website addresses. We would encourage anyone with concerns about a phone call, text message or email they have received, in relation to Test and Trace, to check the website address being provided to you carefully. If possible, type the official address, which will be https://contact-tracing.phe.gov.uk followed by the unique characters given to you, directly into your browser".

Visit the Herts Police website for more information.

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