Coronavirus Vaccination Scams
With the current global pandemic still ever present, but with the vaccination rollout well underway, a potential end – or at least the return of some semblance of normality – is on the horizon. That being said, Fraudsters are still finding creative ways to target vulnerable and less savvy people.
It has come to our attention that one of the latest scams in circulation are fake NHS text messages that encourage you to click on a link that takes you to an online form asking for personal and financial details, which highly resemble genuine NHS communications and their website. Thankfully, this has also caught the attention of the official body Action Fraud who are circulating advice and information on how not to fall victim to this latest scam. Their details and links to more information are included at the bottom of this article, and please do not hesitate to contact your advisor if you think you may have been/are at risk of a financial scam.
Key points to remember, the NHS vaccination is free of charge and therefore they would never ask for any bank or card details as no payment is required. Secondly, in most cases, you will be contacted via your local GP, surgery, or pharmacy when you are due to receive your vaccination, which will be carried out in a legitimate medical location by professionals.
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.
If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk