The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine has brought with it new hope, but also new scams from criminals looking for ways to profit off the pandemic. Sometimes it is hard to identify, as many scams look real and very convincing. This is one that’s going the rounds. If you see a text like this, just delete it.
The link isn’t harmful in itself, but clicking it leads to this page, which looks extremely convincing, and asks for personal identification:
Don’t be a sucker! Remember that:
- The vaccine is offered for free, so NHS will never ask for your bank details or payment in order to offer you a vaccine.
- At this stage, NHS is offering vaccine to the three priority groups identified (residents in a care home for older adults and their carers, people aged 80 and over, and frontline health and social care workers). If you do not fall into one of these groups, and someone offers you an early access to the vaccine, it is likely to be a scam. More information about the vaccination schedule can be found from the NHS Inform website.