Amazon and eBay stop selling NHS lanyards over fears fraudsters pose as key workers

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Amazon and eBay stop selling NHS lanyards over fears fraudsters pose as key workers

Amazon and eBay are pulling NHS lanyards from their sites over fraudster fears.

It has been feared people could be posing as the key workers to skip queues in supermarkets.

The NHS heroes have been getting preferential treatment to buy their supplies as they fight the coronavirus crisis.

And now the online giants are being especially careful to stop anyone taking advantage of this.

The Health Service Journal reports they will remove NHS lanyards from the marketplaces.

While there is no evidence of anyone using the items to cheat the system, sales have reportedly gone up in recent weeks.

An eBay spokesperson said – For almost two months we have been introducing increasingly tougher measures against people who attempt to use eBay to exploit others, particularly in the current climate.

We have removed these items and will take any necessary enforcement action against sellers who continue to try and list these sorts of items.

READ MORE: A hero nurse saves elderly man who hadn’t eaten for 10 days in self-isolation because he had no family.


Our monitoring and enforcement team, which has recently more than doubled in size, is working around the clock to block and remove listings like these, and we continue to work closely with authorities, including Trading Standards, to ensure our site remains a safe place to buy and sell.

NHS England chief nursing officer Ruth May told HSJ – I welcome Amazon and eBay’s swift action in taking these fake NHS lanyards down, but it is very sad that there are chancers out there trying to make a quick buck off the back of the generosity shown towards our NHS staff.

She added, Being an NHS staff member is a huge honor, but it requires dedicating your career and much of your life to serving the public even in the most difficult of circumstances, like the unprecedented global health threat we face today.


It comes after Britain turned blue on Thursday night and joined in a mass round of applause to thank NHS heroes battling deadly coronavirus.