Vaccine scams

Please be aware of fraudsters sending out emails and texts offering vaccines.

The following is an example of such a message that was received by a resident recently: “NHS: We have identified that you are eligible to apply for your vaccine. For more information and to apply, follow here:( link)”

The link takes you to a page with an official looking NHS heading on a blue background & headed “We need to prove ownership of address. Please get a debit / credit card ready, you will need: Sort Code, Account Number, Long card number. We use this to verify billing address with the bank. No payments are made during verification [There is a ‘ continue ‘ box].

If you receive this or anything similar, it is a scam. The NHS will never ask you for account details. PIN numbers etc. If you receive any messages like this, then please report to Action Fraud eitheronline at www.actionfraud.police.uk/reporting-fraud-and-cyber-crime. Or call 0300 123 2040.

Additionally, if you think you may have fallen victim to this scam, then please contact your bank immediately.