Action Fraud warn about Coronavirus vaccine scams

Beware of vaccine scams

Action Fraud is raising awareness of another coronavirus vaccine scam, after it received a high volume of reports relating to a phishing email.

In the UK, the coronavirus vaccine is only available from the NHS and always free of charge. The NHS has said it will never ask for bank account or card details, PIN numbers or banking passwords, and will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine. You will never be asked to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents.

Beware of emails and text messages - purportedly from the NHS - which ask people to hand over their personal and financial information in order to book coronavirus vaccination appointments. The emails themselves contain replicas of NHS Test and Trace branding, which many people may struggle to identify as fake.

Recipients are informed that they have been selected to receive the coronavirus vaccine “on the basis of family genetics and medical history”.

After clicking a link to “accept the invitation”, they are taken to an online form which asks for financial information, Action Fraud said.

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to report@phishing.gov.uk. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge.

If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

Go to the Action Fraud website to find out more.