Please beware of fake texts offering Covid-19 vaccine

Trading Standards is warning the public to be on their guard following reports that fraudsters are sending out fake texts offering a Covid-19 vaccine in an attempt to steal bank details.

The text offers a link to what police call an “extremely convincing” fake NHS website.

Once on the website people are asked to input their bank details to register for a vaccine.

The scam message reads ‘we have identified that you are eligible to apply for your vaccine’ and then prompts you to click on a link for further information or to ‘apply’ for the vaccine.

If you receive a text or email that asks you to click on a link or for you to provide information, such as your name, credit card or bank details, delete it immediately.

Remember, the NHS will never ask for your payment details.
If you think you have been scammed, you can get advice and find out how to report it at Citizens Advice – What to do if you’ve been scammed.

For official advice from the NHS, the following website is publicly accessible and is being updated all the time.  It is a really good source and provides links to a lot of information about priority groups, locations, phases etc.

One of the main messages is that the NHS will contact you when it is your turn.

Covid-19 vaccinations in Somerset – Somerset CCG