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Be Alert To Vaccine Fraud

By Gill Gray Westgate-on-Sea Town Council

Friday, 29 January 2021

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Criminals are using the COVID-19 vaccine as a way to target the public by tricking them to hand over cash or financial details. They are sending convincinglooking text messages letting people know they are eligible for the vaccine or phoning people directly pretending to be from the NHS, or local pharmacy.

PEOPLE ARE WARNED TO BE ALERT TO THESE SCAMS

The NHS will:

NEVER ask for payment - the vaccine is free

NEVER ask for your bank details

NEVER arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine

NEVER ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport

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 protected] Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft, you should report this directly to Action Fraud either online; actionfraud.police.uk or via phone 0300 123 2040. If you have any information relating to vaccine fraud you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting Crimestoppers COVID Fraud Hotline online; covidfraudhotline.org or phone 0800 587 5030.

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Gill Gray

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