The NHS COVID Pass was recently launched by the NHS, so people can prove their COVID vaccine or test status. This pass may be asked for when travelling abroad or if you are attending events and venues in England that ask for proof of your COVID-19 status. The pass can come in a digital form via the NHS app for vaccine or test statuses or a paper copy to prove your vaccination status.
The NHS COVID Pass is completely free and can only be obtained via the NHS app or using the online NHS COVID Pass service via the website NHS.UK. For the paper copy version, you can request it via the NHS website or by calling 119.
Criminals have been using this as a tactic trying to get people to part with their money or their details. These have come in the form of emails and texts which invite you to apply for the pass by clicking on a link. The link takes you to a convincing fake NHS website which will capture your personal details. These are the same tactics that we’ve seen previously relating to vaccines.
With so many different scams relating to Covid-19, it is important to remember the following about the NHS:
• They will never ask for payment – the vaccine is free
• They will never ask for your bank details
• They will never arrive at your home to administer the vaccine unannounced
• They will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as NHS letters, passports or other identification documents.
If you have received any emails or texts, it’s important to report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040, Monday-Friday 8am-8pm. Or online at: reporting.actionfraud.police.uk.
You should also forward any scam emails to the National Cyber Security Centre at firstname.lastname@example.org and forward any scam texts to your network operator at 7726.