Watch out for fake text messages pretending to be from the NHS, warns Halton Borough Council’s Trading Standards.

Since Jan 1st, 412 victims nationwide have reported losses totalling more than £531,000.

Please use the following links if you would like to see an example of the fake NHS messages reported to Action Fraud:


What you need to look out for:
•  Be aware of requests for personal information in messages claiming to be from the NHS.
•  Be alert to links or attachments in unexpected messages claiming to be from the NHS.
•  Do not respond to requests for money, bank details or passwords. The NHS will NEVER ask for payment or any financial details.

How to report scam messages:
•  If you are suspicious about an email, forward it to
•  If you are suspicious about a text message, forward it to the number 7726 (it’s free of charge).

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