The vaccine is a crucial tool in fighting coronavirus (COVID-19) and keeping people safe. Unfortunately, criminals have used this opportunity to take advantage of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in order to commit fraud via phishing emails and scam text messages. As such, The NHS Counter Fraud Authority (NHSCFA) has issued a warning to the nation to be extra vigilant during this time. For guidance and support, please visit http://upload.reactcdn.co.uk/rosedale/uploads/document/2601_COVID-19_Vaccine_ Fraud_Poster_V3.pdf.
Please be extra cautious if you receive a communication purporting to be from the NHS demanding personal details. The vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never request your bank account or card details or personal documents proving your identity. If you have any concerns about the legitimacy of any communication, please visit the government website to report any internet scams and phishing: https://www.gov.uk/report-suspicious-emails-websites-phishing. Alternatively, please visit https://www.nhs.uk/vaccinecontact for more information about how you will be contacted for your COVID-19 vaccine.
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 license, bills or pay slips