It’s great news about the vaccine but be warned that criminals are now exploiting the situation to line their own pockets!
How it works
It starts with a phone call, text or email out of the blue pretending to be from the NHS or local pharmacy informing you of your entitlement to the vaccine…
What they want you to do
First they want you to hand over bank details for payment… yes for the vaccine!
They may also ask you to hand over personal identification documents e.g. driving licence, passport.
Handing over these details is like leaving your front door open at home & allowing criminals to take whatever they want, whenever they want. And that’s exactly what they’re doing.
How to avoid the scam
Let’s be clear… at least here in the UK, the vaccine is FREE!
The NHS will not ask you for your bank details.
The NHS will not turn up unannounced at your house to give you the jab.
The NHS will not ask you to hand over important documents (like your passport or driving licence) before giving you the vaccine.
What to do if concerned
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up.
If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge.
What to do if you think you’ve been scammed
If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft, you should report this directly to Action Fraud or call them on 0300 123 2040.
If you have any information relating to vaccine fraud you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting Crime stoppers COVID Fraud Hotline or call them on 0800 587 5030.