A fake NHS text has been circulating, telling people they’re eligible to apply for the COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s what it looks like:
The web address takes you to an extremely convincing fake NHS website that asks for your personal details, and then for your bank/card details in order to ‘check your identity’:
Please do not click any links, and make your friends and family aware of this scam text, especially those in vulnerable groups.
With the recent approval of multiple vaccines, these types of scam attempts are likely to continue as fraudsters look to take advantage of the rollout to so many people.
Cold calls regarding the vaccine are also beginning to take place – there has already been reports of scammers asking people to pay for the vaccine over the phone. If you receive one of these calls, hang up.
If you are an older or vulnerable person and have actually been the victim of a fraud please call 101 and request to report to a police officer. Whilst many frauds are now reported over the phone to Action Fraud – any vulnerable person should be reporting directly to the police.