Please be wary of fake COVID-19 vaccine text alerts, the fake text alerts appear to be from the NHS stating that the recipient is eligible to apply for a vaccine and followed by a link – please do not click on the link – the link is a convincing fake NHS website which asks for personal and financial information. The NHS will never ask for your banking information.
Please be wary of other scams related to COVID-19 which may include:
- Fake links claiming to take you to a Government website for a COVID-19 related payment
- Offers of health supplements that will prevent you from becoming infected
- Financial support offers that appear to be from your bank
- Fines suggesting you have breached lockdown
If you have clicked and supplied your details please phone your bank/building society immediately on a telephone number from a reliable source (if any financial information has been passed) and report to Action Fraud via the website https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ or by phoning 0300 123 2040.
If you have any concerns please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 101.
Message Sent By
Linzi Berryman (Police, DC Alert Officer, Devon & Cornwall)
This is one message has started to do the rounds – although it looks convincing, it’s just a rather blatant and cynical attempt to harvest your bank details – on no account should you respond to it!