Met someone online? They may not be who you think they are.
Cyber Safe Warwickshire and Warwickshire Business Watch remind residents to stay safe online as risks of Romance Fraud continue to increase.
Dangerous fake NHS text and calls have been circulating, telling people they’re eligible to apply for the COVID-19 vaccine.
We are aware that some people are receiving fraudulent calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination. In some cases, people are asked to press a number on their keypad or to send a text message to confirm they wish to receive the vaccine. Doing so is likely to result in a charge being applied to their phone bill. In other cases, callers are offering the vaccine for a fee or asking for bank details.
People are warned to be alert to these scams.
Here is an example of a fraudulent text received:
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’.
However, the convincing fraudulent site and the SMS itself contains various spelling mistakes which are classic signs of a phishing scam.
The fraudulent NHS website was only registered on the 28th December – another reason to be suspicious, and one that demonstrates the importance of reporting these scams as soon as you receive them.
Remain vigilant of coronavirus scams
We know that criminals will use the confusion and urgency around the pandemic as a way to target potential victims.
The vaccine is only available from the NHS and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. At present, appointments are only being offered to members of the public over 80 years old.
How to protect yourself:
In the UK, coronavirus vaccines will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.
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 email@example.com. 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.
Public Health Warwickshire County Council
NHS Arden and Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit