Sharon May (Nottinghamshire County Council, Trading Standards Officer, Notts) writes: We have received reports that a fake NHS text message is circulating, telling people that they are eligible to apply for the COVID-19 vaccine.
When you click on the link, you are taken to a convincing fake NHS website that asks for personal details including bank account information. Any text message containing a link should be treated with caution. The best way to find information from GOV.UK, or any other agency, is to visit that particular website via a trusted source (such as through Google or Bing) and do not click on links in unsolicited texts or emails.
There have also been reports of criminals making telephone calls and asking for payment over the phone before you can attend your vaccine appointment. The vaccine is free. If you receive a call, please hang up immediately.
These scams appear very convincing and we all make mistakes. If you think you have been a victim of fraud:
• Please let your bank know immediately.
• Contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133 for further scams advice
• If you are receiving unwanted phone calls, please let your service provider know. You may wish to consider a landline phones with inbuilt call blocking functions. These are available via some supermarkets and online stores.