Over 1 million users have reportedly downloaded the HSE’s new Covid Tracker application to their phones or devices…
Some members of the public are encouraging others to be wary and to be careful after you download the app.
Some people are opting not to download the app due to privacy concerns. However, this does not relate to privacy concerns whatsoever and instead, it relates to phone calls that people are receiving.
Some members of the public have received phone calls from people claiming to be from the HSE.
During the phone call, the supposed HSE member from the track and tracing service stated that the person was in recent contact with someone that had Covid-19 and due to that, they would have to get a Covid-19 test.
The scammers stated that the test must be done within 72 hours and a kit would be sent to their house once their home address was given.
Once the person provided their address, the ‘HSE’ member asked for a payment of €50 to cover the costs, a transaction which would have been completed over phone using credit card details.
A number of angry and disheartened individuals, including John Mahony on Facebook, posted to their social media channels to warn the public about this newly circulating scam.
In particular, we must be cautious of the elderly and the vulnerable in this situation.
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