MILLIONS have been targeted by Covid Pass scams conning them out of money and sensitive data.

Criminals are cashing in on confusion around how the genuine NHS document works.

A fake pass that scammers are using to target millions

An NHS Covid Pass shows your coronavirus vaccination details or test results. 

It can be obtained in paper or digital form, right, via the NHS app or website, or by calling 119, and is needed for foreign travel and events such as gigs and sports matches. 

Crucially, the NHS NEVER asks for money or financial details — unlike con artists.

Consumer rights expert Martyn James says: “One of the reasons these scams work is mass confusion over what a Covid pass is, how you get one and where you get it from.

Bogus emails

“What’s appalling is these scams tap into the things in the back of our minds that we worry about or are scared of. 

“This makes us more likely to click and submit.”

Reports of this type of scam doubled from around 200 a month in July and August to around 400 in September and October — but only a minority of cases are even reported.

In recent weeks, patients have reported emails seemingly from their GP practice inviting them to claim their pass, while others have received texts telling them to click on a link to buy theirs.

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A genuine Covid passCredit: NHS.UK

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