Be alert to vaccine fraud – Criminals are using the COVID-19 vaccine to target the public by tricking them to hand over money or financial details. They are sending convincing looking text messages telling people that they are eligible for the vaccine or phoning people directly pretending to be from the NHS, or a local pharmacy.
You can help stop it by sharing this government advice with friends, family & neighbours, particularly those without online access.
The NHS will:
NEVER ask for payment – the vaccine is free
NEVER as for your bank details
NEVER arrive unannounced at you home to administer the vaccine
NEVER ask you to prove your identity be 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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; actionfraud.police.uk or via phone 0300 123 2040.
If you have any information relating to vaccine fraud you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting Crrimestoppers COVID Fraud Hotline online; covidfraudhotline.org.uk or phone 0800 587 5030.