We’re sure you are aware of the roll out of the Coronavirus vaccine, which is a major breakthrough in the pandemic. This is a glimmer of hope for a variety of different people, with various vulnerabilities and underlying health conditions. However, fraudsters are already exploiting this.
We’d like to take this opportunity to remind you:
In the UK, coronavirus vaccines will only be available via the NHS. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine.
The vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, or pay for the vaccine, this is a scam.
Action Fraud has received reports of fake text messages, claiming to be from NHS, instructing people to sign up for the #COVID19 vaccine. The texts contain a link to an online form, which looks very similar to the real NHS website, where people are asked to input their details. THIS IS FAKE. You will ONLY be contacted directly to get your vaccine and if you are unsure, you can put the phone down, step away from the text or email and call your GP directly to check if this is genuine.
If you are unsure, TAKE 5 and ask a friend or family member. As of 7 January 2021, Action Fraud, the national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime, had received 57 reports in relation to the COVID-19 vaccine.