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A model was left 'appalled' after an NHS contact tracer sent her a flirty text.
Charlotte Roffey returned from a holiday in Ibiza last week and a Test and Trace employee subsequently came around to her house in Winchester, Hampshire, to make sure she was following the Covid-19 self-isolation rules.
However, his tracing of Charlotte went beyond his duties.
A few minutes after they chatted on her doorstep, he sent her a message which read: "Do I have the permission to save your number at all?
"Please ignore this if you don't want that or have a husband or whatever lol.
"Apologies I asked."
Charlotte said the inappropriate message left her feeling uncomfortable and anxious.
"I think it's appalling that he used his power in a completely inappropriate way and it made me concerned for any other woman in the same position.
"I was alone and felt uncomfortable that he had access to all my details.
"It was drilled into me that I must stay at home, and the consequences if I didn't were a fine of up to £10,000. To then have someone arrive on my doorstep with such disrespect for the rules - illegally using my phone number - is ridiculous.
"I can understand why the Government is finding it so tough to enforce the rules and make people take things seriously."
Charlotte sent a screenshot of the message to her boyfriend, who was out playing rugby at the time and was not best pleased.
Charlotte said: "He was very angry. He was away and wanted to confront the man but I encouraged him not to."
She added that the contact tracer 'didn't feel professional at all' and has since added her on social media and sent her a Facebook friend request.
She said: "People definitely need to be aware that this is happening. I'm sure this isn't the first time but it's completely unacceptable and unprofessional.
"It also plays down the system that the Government has put in place.
"It's important to share my story as it highlights people that are willing to use their power to advantage. I am also worried for young women or vulnerable people that may be naïve."
A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Care told The Sun: "We take complaints about NHS Test and Trace contact tracers extremely seriously and they will all be investigated and appropriate action taken.
"The Government expects all of our operatives to behave in a professional manner at all times and if people are not happy with the service - either the phone checks or in-person visits - you can complain to NHS Test and Trace online or telephone 119."
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