MSP BAILLIE WARNS OF TEST AND PROTECT SCAMMERS


The testing centre which has been set up outside the Meadow Centre in Dumbarton.

By Democrat reporter

Jackie Baillie MSP is this week warning local people of ‘despicable’ scammers who are trying to trick the public into paying for COVID-19 contact tracing.

Scammers are claiming on the telephone to be members of the NHS Test and Protect service and are asking people for their bank details in return for a home testing kit.

Jackie Baillie, pictured right, is advising local people in West Dunbartonshire and Argyll and Bute that if they have concerns about a potential scam, or anyone who believes they have been scammed to contact Advice Direct Scotland, who run the national consumer advice service, consumeradvice.scot.

 Jackie Baillie, who is MSP for Dumbarton, Vale of Leven, Helensburgh and Lomond, said:  “This is a despicable and sickening scam, being perpetrated by criminals who are attempting to rip people off during a global pandemic.

“COVID-19 tests are free and when you are contacted by Test and Protect, they will never ask you for your bank details.

“I urge local people in West Dunbartonshire and Argyll & Bute to be cautious, if you have concerns about a potential scam, or you believe you may have fallen for one, please get in touch with Advice Direct Scotland who can offer you help and support.”

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