Beware of NHS COVID pass fraud

Press Release

Published on 28 September 2021
Archived on 28 October 2021


CRIMINALS are using the NHS COVID Pass as a way to target the public by convincing them to hand over money, financial details and personal information.

Action Fraud has warned that scammers are sending imitation text messages, emails and making phone calls pretending to be from the NHS.

They are also offering fake vaccine certificates for sale online and through social media, The National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre has said.

If you are contacted about your NHS COVID Pass:

  • Be alert to links and attachments in unexpected text messages or emails
  • Do not respond to requests for money, passwords or financial details
  • Challenge: Could it be fake?
  • Use the official NHS COVID Pass website (see below)
  • The NHS COVID Pass is available to demonstrate your COVID-19 status either in a digital or paper format via the NHS App, the NHS website or by calling 119.

For information on how to get your free NHS COVID Pass visit: www.nhs.uk/nhscovidpass.

What to do if you suspect you have been a victim of an NHS COVID Pass scam

  • If you receive a call and suspect it to be fraudulent, hang up.
  • If you are suspicious about an email, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk.
  • If you are suspicious about a text message, forward it to the number 7726, which is free-of-charge.
  • If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by visiting actionfraud.police.uk or calling 0300 123 2040.
  • If you have any information relating to NHS COVID Pass or vaccine certificate fraud you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting Crimestoppers online at covidfraudhotline.org or phone on 0800 587 5030.

Poster: Beware of COVID Pass FRAUD


Contact details

Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire,
CV37 6HX
Tel: 01789 267575

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Last updated on 28/09/2021