Scam alert: fake NHS COVID-19 vaccine text

A dangerous fake NHS text has been circulating, telling people they’re eligible to apply for the COVID-19 vaccine. Here’s what it looks like.

A member got in touch with us today when they received a text message purporting to be from the NHS.

It confusingly stated that “we have identified that your are eligible to apply for your vaccine” and advised him to follow a link to get more information and ‘apply’:

This URL takes you through to an extremely convincing fake NHS website that asks for your personal details, but the member became suspicious when it asked for his bank/card details in order to ‘check his identity’.

Another Bexley resident sent a video (click below👇) of the same type of scam and alerted us.

It was then that he began spotting spelling mistakes on the site, additional information such as mother’s maiden name, and in the SMS itself, which we’ve warned many times before are classic signs of a phishing scam.

Action Fraud: Coronavirus vaccine roll-out as phishing email reports soar
Blog post (Action Fraud Alert:26/01/2021).

Spotting a scam

The COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge on the NHS.
The NHS will never ask for:

  • your bank account or card details
  • your pin or banking password
  • copies of personal documents to prove your identity such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.

If you think you have been a victim of fraud or identify theft, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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