An unfortunate new risk has emerged as the COVID-19 vaccine continues to be distributed throughout the UK. The NHS are warning people that scam emails, phone calls and text messages, attempting to trick people waiting for the vaccine have been reported.

Scammers are telling recipients that they have been selected to receive the vaccine within these messages, along with a link to register for the vaccine. In reality, no registration is required for the real vaccines. The link directs targets to a website where they are asked to enter personal information or provide payments.

The NHS has responded to this scam by reinforcing that the COVID-19 vaccine is free and the authentic correspondence will never ask for the following:

  • Payment card or bank account details
  • Pins or banking passwords
  • Copies of personal documents (eg driving license, passport, bills)

According to Action Fraud, cyber-criminals have stolen millions of pounds throughout the coronavirus pandemic by preying on victim’s fear and anxiety. Due to this, potential victims need to remain vigilant and stay up to date with the current cyber-crime trends.

The National Cyber Security Centre encourages anyone who encounters a fraudulent email, phone call or text to report it.


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