12th Apr, 2021

West Mercia Police have received more than 1,000 reports of fake NHS vaccine emails

POLICE have received more than 1,000 reports about a fake NHS vaccine email being sent out to dupe people into handing over their bank details.

The message, claiming to be from the health service and using the NHS Test and Trace branding, asks recipients to click on a link or decline an invitation to receive the jab.

They are asked to input personal information and bank card details.

The national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime has previously warned about coronavirus vaccine scams, with many people reporting receiving fake text messages purporting to be from the NHS.

Det Sgt Jon Cooper from the West Mercia Police Economic Crime Unit, has urged the public to remain vigilant as fraudsters continue their actions.

He said: “It’s despicable that fraudsters are taking advantage of such an important tool in our fight against this deadly disease.

“Not only are people being targeted with this email and at risk of losing money or having their identity stolen, but they are also at risk of not receiving the genuine vaccine.

“Remember – anything purporting to be from the NHS asking you to pay for the vaccine, or provide your bank account or card details, is a scam.”

The NHS will never will never ask for bank account or card details, PIN codes, arrive unannounced at a home to administer vaccines or ask for people to prove their identity by sending personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.

Any suspicious emails received should be forwarded to report@phishing.gov.uk and texts to the free 7726 number.

Victims of fraud should visit www.actionfraud.police.uk or call Action Fraud as soon as possible on 0300 123 2040.

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