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  • Warning from Neighbourhood watch (scammers sinking to new levels)

    Hatty H @Hat Woodford updated 14 days ago

    COVID-19 vaccination scam alert

    Some people are receiving fraudulent calls and text messages offering the COVID-19

    vaccination. In some cases, people are asked to press a number on their keypad or to send a

    text message to confirm they wish to receive the vaccine. Doing so is likely to result in a

    charge being applied to their phone bill.

    In other cases, callers are offering the vaccine for a fee or asking for bank details.

    Like other scams, the same rules apply;

     Don’t click on links or attachments in unexpected texts, emails or instant messages.

     Challenge every request for your personal details.

     It doesn’t matter what they say or what they know about you, don’t respond to

    unexpected phone calls, hang up, take five then verify their claims via a trusted

    method. (such as the usual website or official phone number)

    The vaccine is only available from the NHS and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn.

    At present, appointments are only being offered to members of the public over 80 years old.

    The NHS will:

     NEVER ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text asking you to confirm

    you want the vaccine.

     NEVER ask for payment for the vaccine or for your bank details.

    If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft, you should report this

    directly to Action Fraud either online; or via phone

    0300 123 2040

    Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to the MPS online or by calling 101.

    Link to an example of the scam text message on behalf of

    • I just copied and pasted it, so apologies for the layout (all in a block) - but best to be aware of ..

    • Thanks, Hatty !

    • @Ha... Thanks for posting. They can not be too many postings to refresh elderly minds to be alert.

    • I really hate these scammers, the lowest of the low, preying on the vulnerable. How do they live wit..

    • This is awful. Police are hunting for a man who injected a 92-year-old woman with a fake coronavirus..

    • @Ve... and the cheek to return and ask for more money. In these cases I often wondered as police is ..

    • @Lo... no need for amateurs as there are a lot of very good private detectives.

    • @Ve... I should have mentioned hackers. They are clever people and could do some good and getting pa..

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