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Fraudsters exploit Covid vaccine roll out

Action Fraud has received reports of fake text messages, claiming to be from NHS, instructing people to sign up and pay for the COVID 19 vaccine. Local residents are advised to ignore and report any such messages they receive.

Action Fraud reminds local residents that the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, or pay for the vaccine, this is a scam. You will only be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine.

Reports have been received of fake text messages, claiming to be from NHS, instructing people to sign up for the COVID19 vaccine. The texts contain a link to an online form, which looks very similar to the real NHS website, where people are asked to input their financial details, this is fake. You will ONLY be contacted directly to get your vaccine and if you are unsure, you can call your GP directly to check if any contact you've had is genuine.

For more information, or to report any similar activity head to:https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/vaccine.

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