How to prepare for scammers posing as GPs, the NHS and the government

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WITH many of us rushing for recalls or Covid testing, we have exactly the climate scammers thriving.

But this time, we know what to expect.

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Scammers will trigger waves of Covid scams, claiming to be from GPs, NHS and governmentCredit: Getty

Scammers will trigger waves of Covid scams, claiming to be from GPs, the NHS and the government.

These criminals will be offering Covid test kits, accelerated vaccines, vaccine passports and anything Covid related to get our money.

In the latest wave, a customer received a fraudulent text message claiming to be from the NHS offering a £ 1.99 test kit, which he wanted to prove his fitness for travel.

He entered the details of the card the criminals jumped on and made payments directly from his account.

It was one of many Covid-themed cases reported by bank customers.

Scammers will also target our vaccine status and our hopes of receiving booster shots.

Another customer recently gave details of his card following a convincing text scam claiming to be from the NHS and said details of his second vaccination need to be verified online.

No NHS Covid service requires payment or your card details, whether it’s vaccines, Test And Trace, or ordering test kits.

Vaccinations against Covid are free and organized through the NHS.

Free home test kits can be obtained from your local pharmacy or via gov.uk/coronavirus.

Don’t put your financial health at risk by rushing into unsolicited contacts, as scams will be rife again.

Take care of yourself and those around you – and take care of your bank details.

Money hacking

Last minute gifts to buy online? Click on a cashback site for big savings.

Sign up on sites like Quidco and TopCashback, then search for the retailer of your choice. Click and complete a purchase as usual.

The cashback site will track your visit and record a one to ten percent cashback in your account.

Withdrawal to your bank account later.

BILL FEAR

Soaring energy prices will not only affect household bills, it could also affect the switch to electric cars. Two in five people say they wouldn’t buy an EV because of the higher costs of charging them.

At current prices, charging an EV at home costs around £ 9.20.

But that will hit nearly £ 12 next year, according to Seaglass Cloud Technology, which provides software to energy companies.

With typical use, the annual cost will drop from £ 377 to £ 492.

Alex Troth of Seaglass said: “The energy crisis is pulling people away from electric vehicles, which are key to the government’s net zero strategy.”

Money hacking

EXCHANGE old Ikea furniture for vouchers worth up to 50% of the original value.

Go to Ikea’s website and use their buyback estimator to see what the company will pay.

If you accept the offer, bring the item to a participating store and exchange it for a voucher.

“Like-new” items are worth 50% of the original price, and even well-used items can get 30%.

See ikea.com.

Cyber ​​security expert Zak Doffman warns against phishing scams and why you should NEVER click on malicious links

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