Be alert to Covid-19 vaccine fraud!

Written by Hayley

It’s clear the COVID-19 vaccination programme has opened up new opportunities for criminals. We’d like to raise awareness of how to report suspected fraud relating to the vaccine and other support schemes. Please see the attached document which gives further information and helps you stay safe.

This poster contains common scams that you should be aware of. Its contents are as follows:

Criminals are using the Covid-19 vaccine as a way to target the public by tricking them to hand over cash or financial details. They are sending convincing-looking text messages letting people know they are eligible for the vaccine or phoning people directly pretending to be from the NHS, or local pharmacy.

People are warned to be alert to these scams.

The NHS will:

NEVER ask for payment - the vaccine is free.

NEVER ask for your bank details.

NEVER arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.

NEVER ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport.

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 Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge.

If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft, you should report this directly to Action Fraud, either online; or via phone 0300 123 2040.