Thursday, January 28, 2021

Warning given over fake NHS Covid vaccination texts

Fake NHS text messages are making the rounds, informing the public that they’re eligible for a Covid-19 vaccine, according to Lincolnshire Police.

The scam message reads: “We have identified that you are eligible to apply for your vaccine” – which prompts you to click on a link to find out more and to “apply” for the vaccine.

The link directs you to a convincing fake NHS website, where fraudsters can coerce you to divulge personal or financial details.

Lincolnshire Police said: “Any texts or emails containing URLs should always be treated with caution and we’d urge for members of the public to avoid clicking links in unsolicited texts or emails.

“Texts or emails that ask you to provide information such as your name, date of birth or financial details are scams and if you’re ever unsure about these types of messages, ignore or delete them.

“Cold calls that ask you to provide personal or financial details or ask you to pay over the phone to access the vaccine have also been reported. If you receive one of these calls, hang up immediately.”

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