There is growing concern about the rise of scam vaccine messages claiming to be from the NHS asking recipients to apply for their vaccine.
These messages are taking advantage of people anxiety and their eagerness for information about the impending vaccine. If you are to receive a text like this, don’t follow the link or share any personal or financial details. The links take you to a FAKE NHS website which has been designed to exploit people.
You will be contacted by the NHS when you’re invited to receive the vaccine which will be offered in some hospitals, some pharmacies and hundreds of local vaccination centres run by GPs. Remember that the vaccine is free of charge, at no point will you be asked for payment details.
Detective Sergeant Sean Tregunna commented:
“Although we’ve not been made aware of any cases in Wiltshire yet, it’s likely to only be a matter of time before we are. The text message some people have received was shared on social media over the Christmas period and although this does help to raise awareness of the issue, the most vulnerable may not be on social media themselves so we’re asking people to share the information and warn their friends and family.
“The same scam has also been reported as being conducted over the phone, the caller often asks for a number to be pressed on their keypad, resulting in a charge likely being added to their phone bill, so you simply need to hang up.
“We’re keen to prevent as many people falling victim to these scams as possible and urge people to not only share the warning but if they do receive a suspicious text, forward it to 7726 which is free of charge.”
If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, report it to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or call on 0300 123 2040.