Beware of text message scams for Covid-19 vaccination appointments

Published: 07 January 2021

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As the vaccination programme is being rolled out across the country, criminals are using this as a way to create new scams.

We have been made aware scammers are sending fake texts messages claiming to be from the NHS offering the Covid-19 vaccine. The link that accompanies the fake text message takes you to a fake NHS website which requests personal and financial details.

Please do NOT click the link if you receive a fake text message and please note that the NHS will NEVER ask you for personal information, or for your financial details for the vaccination.

The vaccine is only available from the NHS and your GP will contact you when it is your turn.

Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to 7726 (which spells “SPAM” on the keypad). This free-of-charge short code enables your service provider to investigate the origin of the text and take action, if found to be malicious.


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