Pharmacists warned of fraud threat

Pharmacists warned of fraud threat

Community pharmacists have been alerted to the risk of fraudsters trying to obtain their bank details.

According to the Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee, several community pharmacists have reported being approached by scammers claiming to be from the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) investigations team.

The fraudsters are understood to have been using publicly available information, such as their unique contractor information, to sound credible when making an initial approach, the Pharmaceutical Journal 

They then claim there have been issues with payments to the pharmacy, before asking them to provide key pieces of data such as business bank account details and mobile phone numbers.

Fraudsters can then make a second approach claiming to be from the bank and ask the pharmacy to contact a particular phone number.

The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has urged anyone unsure about whether or not a call is legitimate to ask for the name of the caller and say they will call them again later.

Pharmacists have also been warned by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society to be vigilant.

"Don’t be caught out by scammers," a spokesperson said.

"NHSBSA will never contact you directly for your bank details. You should also ensure your staff are aware and know to report any such call to the National Fraud and Cyber Crime Reporting Centre on 0300 123 2040.”