COVID-19 vaccine scams

Fraudsters are trying to steal personal details …

Scammers are taking advantage of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout through a cruel but convincing text in an attempt to steal people’s personal and financial details.

A dangerous fake text message, purporting to be from the NHS, has been circulating which tells people that they’re eligible to apply for the vaccine. The link takes people to an extremely convincing fake NHS website that asks for personal details, but people are rightly suspicious when asked for their bank/card details in order to ‘check your identity’.

With the recent approval of multiple vaccines in the UK, these types of scam attempts may continue as fraudsters look to take advantage of the rollout to so many people.

As well as the fake text messages, some ‘cold calls’ regarding the vaccine are also now taking place where scammers are asking people to pay over the phone.

An automated call suggests that you have been identified for accelerated eligibility of the vaccine and you are put through to someone claiming to work for the NHS on behalf of Astra Zeneca. After confirming some basic details, you are then told that there is a nominal charge of £50 the vaccine. 

If you receive one of these calls, hang up. The vaccine is only available from the NHS and it is free.

If you think you may have handed over your card details to scammers, let your bank know what’s happened immediately.

Please share warnings with friends and family to try to prevent anyone from falling victim.