Covid-19 Scam Text

For the latest information from Derbyshire police on the Covid-19 text scam please go directly to

https://www.derbyshire.police.uk/news/derbyshire/news/news/forcewide/2021/january/circulating-fake-nhs-covid-19-vaccine-text-message/

Along with the positive news of the vaccine for Covid-19 now being rolled out, unfortunately a number of scams have taken advantage of this. From texts to calls requesting information from you including payment details. Please be aware of the latest text scam we are aware of but there are others and no doubt will be more in the next few months. THE VACCINE IS FREE YOU WILL NOT BE ASKED FOR PAYMENT.

Covid-19 Vaccine Payment Text Scam

As with a lot of scams it looks authentic and at first glance you maybe tricked into think it it is real. This particular scam claims to be from the NHS saying you are now eligible but looks very believable and therefore highly dangerous.  The text at first glance looks like it is seemingly from the NHS saying that you are now eligible to apply for the new vaccine and to click on the link to apply, which will direct you to a form to collect further information including payment details.

The vaccine is a free vaccine and at no point should anyone approach your for payment for this vaccine.

To report scams and for more information on current scams, please click on to ACTION FRAUDS Website.

https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

We are always here to help at Derbyshire Neighbourhood Watch so do not hesitate to contact us if you require any help and we can make sure we pass you through to the relevant services.

Be Covid – 19 Scam Aware

  • Do NOT click on links in unknown texts – always check it first, even if it looks real
  • NEVER give out your personal details including payment details.
  • With the recent approval of multiple vaccines in the UK, these types of scam attempts are likely to continue as fraudsters look to take advantage of the rollout to so many people.
  • Cold calls regarding the vaccine are also beginning to take place – we’ve already had reports of scammers asking people to pay for it over the phone. If you receive one of these calls, hang up.