Recently, scammers have been using the news about the COVID-19 vaccine as a way to trick people into handing over cash or financial details.
In the UK, the coronavirus vaccine will only be available via the National Health Service. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or pharmacy local to you to receive the vaccine.
How you can protect yourself:
- Remember the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.
- The NHS will never ask for your financial information. This includes your bank account, card details and PIN.
- The NHS will never ask you to send private documents like your passport, driving license or pay slips to prove your identity for the vaccine.
- The NHS will never arrive unannounced to your home to administer the vaccine.
If you suspect you have been a victim of a COVID scam or someone has tried to scam you, you can report it by calling CrimeStoppers 0800 587 5030 or reporting it online here.
You can find more advice about how to protect yourself from scams on Action Fraud’s website.