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North-east MSP warns public about Covid pass scam


By Kyle Ritchie

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Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin has warned constituents to be aware of text messages and emails from scammers pretending to be from the NHS.

It comes after both police and NHS were made aware of a number of instances where people have been contacted and told failure to apply for their Covid pass will result in a fine.

The issue was also brought up by MSP Christine Grahame at First Minister’s Questions who warned constituents about people who had been put at risk by the scam.

Now, Ms Martin is warning the public to be alert to emails or text messages purporting to be from the NHS or the Scottish Government and not to give out bank details.

Ms Martin said: "I’ve been made aware of a number of constituents who have been contacted by text messages and emails pretending to be from the NHS.

Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin.
Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin.

“Those contacted are told if they do not respond to the text message or email about their Covid pass that they will be fined for failing to do so.

“There is no fine attached to getting your Covid pass and I would encourage people to make sure and friends or family who may be at risk from such a scam to warn them.

“The scammers will get in touch and ask for your bank details – please do not give them out.

"If you think you may have been victim to a scam contact your bank and the police to report it.”




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