Welsh Government warning over NHS Covid pass scam 'to steal money and personal details'

Credit: Welsh Government

The Welsh Government is urging people to be aware of a new Covid pass scam that's circulating as a way to target the public to steal money, financial details and personal information.

In light of the new scam, the government wants to remind people that the NHS will not be sending out invitations for Covid passes.

The Covid pass is free and is used to confirm someone's vaccination status or to show that someone has had a negative lateral flow test in the last 48 hours.

From 7am on Monday 11 October, anyone attending a nightclub or large event must show proof of a Covid pass.

The following guidance has been issued to help people who wish to obtain their free pass.

How do I access the NHS Covid pass?

You can access a Covid pass through the NHS website if you are fully vaccinated.

You'll need to register for an NHS login and upload a photo of your ID - either your passport or driving licence photo. If you don't have any photographic ID, you will need to request a paper certificate.

All under-18s are exempt from having to show a pass. 

  • How to be alert and to stay safe from the NHS Covid pass scam?

Always remember that the NHS app and the Covid pass is free. Don't respond to requests for money or enter any personal or financial information. The NHS will never ask for a payment.

Be alert to links and attachments in unexpected text messages or emails. Never click on suspicious links. If you've clicked on a link and you think it's a scam, contact your bank immediately.

Always use the official NHS Covid pass website. If you have any doubt about suspicious links or out of the blue approaches, check the official NHS site for information or contact the organisation in question directly.

  •  What to do if you think you've been a victim of an NHS Covid pass scam?

If you believe you've been a victim of a fraud, you should report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling them on 0300 123 2040.

If you receive a call and you think it's a scam, hang up. If you believe an email is suspicious, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk. Or if you receive a suspicious text, forward it to '7726' which is free of charge.

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: "If you have any information relating to NHS Covid pass or vaccine certificate fraud you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting Crimestoppers online at www.covidfraudhotline.org or phone on 0800 587 5030."