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Tuesday 12 January 2021

Scam Covid-19 Vaccine Warning!

Posted by Help For Heroes

The Covid vaccine brings great hope for an end to the pandemic and lockdowns - however, sadly, some individuals are using it as opportunity to defraud others.  

In some cases, people are being asked to press a number on their keypad or to send a text message to confirm they wish to receive the vaccine. Doing so is likely to result in a charge being applied to their phone bill. In other cases, callers are offering the vaccine for a fee or asking for bank details.

See more from the BBC here

Please see below the current police-issued alerts regarding the latest scams.

Fraudsters are sending out fake texts offering a Covid vaccine in an attempt to steal personal and financial information.

The police state that the text offers a link to an "extremely convincing" fake NHS website where people are asked to input their bank details to register for a vaccine.

They also say cold callers are asking people to pay for the vaccine over the phone.

There is no charge for the vaccine.

"The scam message reads 'we have identified that you are eligible to apply for your vaccine' and then prompts you to click on a link for further information or to 'apply' for the vaccine."

"If you receive a text or email that asks you to click on a link or for you to provide information, such as your name, credit card or bank details, it's a scam," the police added.

The NHS will NEVER ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine, and NEVER ask for payment or for your bank details, passwords, or PIN numbers and these should serve as instant red flags.

The vaccine is only available from the NHS and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. At present, appointments are only being offered to the public over 80 years old.

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040