As COVID-19 vaccines continue to be distributed throughout the UK, an unfortunate new risk has emerged. The NHS has warned people waiting to receive a vaccine that scams have been reported. These scams entail perpetrators attempting to trick their targets with fraudulent emails, phone calls and text messages.
Within the messages, scammers tell recipients that they have been selected to receive a vaccination. The message includes a link to register for a vaccine, even though no registration is required for a real vaccine. The website that the link directs targets to also requires them to enter personal information in order to confirm their identity or provide payment.
In response to this scam, the NHS has reinforced that the COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge and that authentic correspondence from the NHS will never ask for:
- Bank account or payment card details
- A pin or banking password
- Copies of personal documents for identification purposes (eg a passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips)
According to Action Fraud, the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber-crime, cyber-criminals have stolen millions of pounds during the coronavirus pandemic by preying on victims’ anxiety and fear. With that in mind, it is as important as ever for potential victims to remain vigilant and stay informed about current cyber-crime trends. Always be sure to verify the credentials and identity of a party before providing any personal information.
The National Cyber Security Centre encourages anyone who encounters a fraudulent email, phone call or text to report it.
Content by Zywave, Inc. provided by TH March.