Mel Stride MP is urging his constituents to stay alert to fake NHS Covid-19 vaccine texts and other coronavirus related scams. Cyber criminals are using the national rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine to target victims with text messages, often luring them to fake NHS websites and then seeking their payment details or other personal details like a proof of address. Other attempts at fraud include texts claiming that someone has breached lockdown measures and has a fine to pay.
Mr Stride said:
“The NHS will never ask you for your payment details and fines relating to lockdown breaches are given out by police officers in person at the time, not via text message. It is important that we all stay vigilant to these scams and keep an eye out for older or more vulnerable friends and family who may be more likely to be targeted.”
If you think you’ve fallen for a scam, it’s vital that you don’t let any feeling of embarrassment stop you from reporting your concerns to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Useful information about avoiding scams can be found at: www.takefive-stopfraud.org.uk.