NHSScotland Counter Fraud Services has warned the public to be vigilant about fake invitations to have the coronavirus vaccination, sent by scammers.
The scam email includes a link to register for the vaccine, but no registration for the real vaccination is required. The fake site also asks for bank details either to verify identification or to make a payment.
Gordon Young, Head of Counter Fraud Services said “During the COVID-19 pandemic, NHSScotland has been under increasing pressure and this includes the NHS and its staff being the target of new frauds. These frauds are also aimed at members of the public. It is totally unacceptable that at a time of a national health crisis, unscrupulous individuals would attempt to take advantage of the health service and the public.”
As the COVID-19 vaccination is being rolled out across Scotland, NHSScotland Counter Fraud Services have seen a spike in associated scams, including asking people to pay to book their vaccinations. It is vitally important that members of the public know that the NHS will never:
- Ask for, or accept, cash for vaccines
- Ask for your banking details or identity documents
- Email you to arrange your COVID-19 vaccination
- Turn up at your residence unannounced
If you receive an email like this, you can forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org and also report to Crimestoppers dedicated COVID fraud team https://forms.theiline.co.uk/crimestopperscovidfraudhotline