Warning as ‘monkeypox’ scam targets NHS patients

The tactics are almost identical to those used in the prolific NHS Covid test scam, which each cost victims thousands of pounds during the pandemic. The end of free Covid tests in March reignited the scam, with the average victim losing more than £5,800 at a time, according to Bank Santander.

Monkeypox cases in the UK are still rare, with fewer than 200 reported so far, but those with symptoms have been told to isolate at home. Experts have warned increasing cases will help scammers target affected members of the public.

Paul Davis of TSB, another bank, said: “With monkeypox in the news right now, it’s important to remain vigilant about unsolicited communications – as criminals will use any opportunity to target you.”

Experts said the UK Health Security Agency, the national agency responsible for monitoring monkeypox cases, would never need to collect payment or card details as part of contact tracing.

Mr Thompson said: “If you’re being pressured to act quickly then an alarm bell should go off in your head as this is very likely a scam.” Warning as ‘monkeypox’ scam targets NHS patients

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