POLICE in the Scottish Borders are warning the public to be vigilant following a number of new scams taking place where people are invited to apply for a ‘Covid Pass’, a ‘Coronavirus Digital Passport’ or a ‘Covid Travel Certificate’.

Scam messages usually ask the recipient to click on a link leading to an online form which looks similar to the real NHS website.

Some emails invite the recipient to apply for a ‘Coronavirus Digital Passport’ by clicking on a link. According to the email, applying for the passport ‘will allow you to travel safely and freely around the world without having to self-isolate’.

The links in these emails lead to copycat websites with NHS branding which ask you to enter your personal details and pay a small ‘admin fee’ to receive the passport.

In Scotland, members of the public can request a printed copy or download a PDF version of their vaccination status online by logging in to the NHS Scotland website using their unique username and password (found on their vaccination appointment letter).

People can also phone the COVID-19 Status Helpline on 0808 196 8565.

Police say that people will never be asked to pay to receive a copy of your vaccination status and will not be invited to apply for a ‘Coronavirus digital passport’ or travel certificate via email or text.

If you are unsure about a message you have received in relation to Covid-19, call the NHS Scotland national helpline on 0800 030 8013.

If you are concerned that you may have provided personal or financial information via a link in a scam message, contact Police Scotland on 101.