B&NES Council are warning residents about coronavirus scams and fraudsters who are claiming to be from the NHS.
Across the UK, members of the public have received fraudulent text messages claiming to be from the NHS offering them the opportunity to sign up for the Covid-19 vaccine.
The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases the online form looks very similar to the real NHS website.
In the UK, coronavirus vaccines are only available via the NHS. Individuals may be contacted by the NHS, their employer, a GP surgery or a local pharmacy to book an appointment for the vaccine. At no point will payment be requested, the vaccine is always free of charge.
- The NHS will never ask you for your bank or card details.
- The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
- The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to provide the vaccine.
- The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.
- If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up.
- If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to email@example.com
- Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.
If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk