The following information has been sent out from Trading Standards:
Fraudsters have been busy devising their latest scams. Here is one that could catch a lot of people who may be waiting to hear about their turn to receive the new Covid-19 vaccination. Please share with family and friends.
A dangerous fake NHS text has been circulating, telling people they are eligible to apply for the COVID-19 vaccine:
This example takes you to an extremely convincing but fake NHS website that asks you for personal information and bank/card details.
- NEVER give out personal information or your bank details
- If you get a phone call HANG UP IF you are asked to press a number on your keypad or to send a text about receiving the vaccine.
The vaccine is only available from the NHS. When they contact you they do NOT ask for payment by any means for the vaccine.
Which? have some further useful information which you can read here
With the recent approval of multiple vaccines in the UK, these types of scam attempts are likely to continue as fraudsters look to take advantage of the rollout to so many people.