Warning as fake vaccine text messages claiming to be from the NHS circulate – Yorkshire Live

The NHS has issued a warning after residents in Coventry received scam text messages offering people the opportunity to sign up for the Covid vaccine.

Posts submitted to several Coventry area Facebook groups warn vulnerable relatives have received text messages alleging to be from the NHS.

The texts offer the opportunity for recipients to sign up for the vaccine by following a link in the message.

The link takes you to an official looking submission form which asks you to provide personal details, including banking information.

But the NHS has confirmed they do NOT contact those eligible for the vaccine via text message and would never ask for bank details.

A spokesman for the NHS said: “The vaccine is only available on the NHS for free to people in priority groups, and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime.

“The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine, and never ask for payment or for your bank details.

“At the moment we are also not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine. Anyone offering this now is committing a crime.

“If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

“Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.”

A Coventry City Council spokesman said “General advice from Trading Standards, as always, is for residents to be on their guard, and question why the NHS would be asking for bank details?

“If in doubt, contact your GP surgery.”

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