Woman, 20, sent ‘creepy’ texts after giving details for Test and Protect in pub
Toni Drummond, 20, was having a weekend away with friend Molly Mactavish in Edinburgh on September 12.
The Test and Protect operation in Scotland means anyone visiting pubs, restaurants and tourist attractions has to leave their name and phone number.
But two days after the night out, Toni said she starting to receive messages from a stranger, Edinburgh Live reports.
Toni, from Glasgow, told The Sun : “We went to dinner at around 6pm and had to write our name and number on a little card on the table at the front.
“After that we went to an Irish pub and when we sat down the woman behind the bar asked us to shout out our names and phone numbers so she could write them down.
“Two days later, on the Monday, I got a message from a man saying, ‘Oh Toni, you missed a really good night in Edinburgh after you left’.
“I said, ‘Who is this? I didn’t give my number to anyone in Edinburgh’. He said, ‘Oh sorry it must be the wrong number’.
“I said, ‘Did you take my number off Track and Trace?’
“We both have boyfriends and we were social distancing in Edinburgh, so I knew I hadn’t handed out my number to a random guy.
“After that his number and face completely disappeared from WhatsApp. I think he must have deleted his account.
“Track and Trace is a massive invasion of privacy and right now you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.
“If you don’t hand your number over you are putting people at risk of coronavirus, but if you do there’s a chance that some creepy guy will text – or even show up at your house.”
Others had similar experiences, with one woman claiming she received a text from a man who said he was a Dubai pilot after leaving her contact details in a Glasgow kebab takeaway.
The message read: “Sorry For disturbing. I don’t know how to say this.
“I got your number from the donor (sic) restaurant when I was with my friend and I saw the last names in that list so I knew it was your number or your friend’s number.
“I’m Moos from Dubai and both of us are pilots we came here for 2 nights only and if you guys want to join tomorrow night at IVY bar or any place will be great and we’ll buy drinks.”
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