Spotting a CSCS card scam

Accounts advertising CSCS cards without tests or qualifications are scams.

People holding fraudulently obtained CSCS cards are not qualified to do their job and cannot demonstrate the required level of health and safety knowledge needed to operate safely on site.

Various types of fraud exist to illegitimately obtain construction related qualifications, which are then used to apply for CSCS cards.

Often criminals utilise online and social media platforms to assist candidates in obtaining a CSCS card without having to complete the required exams. When an individual is duped into believing they will receive a card only for it not to arrive, this is known as advanced fee fraud. Individuals are required to complete the necessary qualifications and courses to gain a CSCS card.

CSCS cards are equipped with smart technology, while the CSCS Smart Check app allows for quick and easy detection of fake cards, therefore there are very few fake CSCS cards in circulation.

If you suspect a fraudulent card, please report it to CSCS by following these steps:

  1. Deny access to the site.
  2. Retain the card whenever possible.
  3. Create photocopies or capture images of both sides of the card.
  4. Record the cardholder’s name and address.
  5. Report the suspected card to [email protected] or via post to: CSCS Limited, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT.

More information can be found at the CSCS website

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