Council chiefs issue warning over scam coronavirus vaccine text



Families are being warned about a scam coronavirus vaccine test saying they can apply for the jab.

People living in Staffordshire and further afield have reportedly received a text claiming to be from the NHS saying they can now apply for the coronavirus vaccine.

It has a link to a fake NHS website that, once personal details have been completed, goes to a page requiring bank details.

The site says it is part of the ‘personal identification’ process.

The coronavirus vaccine is currently being offered in some hospitals and GP surgeries and national vaccination centres.

The NHS is contacting those people eligible for the vaccine but they will never ask for banking details, passwords, or pin numbers.

Anyone who receives the bogus text is now being asked to ignore it and contact Citizens Advice.

Councillor Victoria Wilson, cabinet member responsible for Trading Standards at Staffordshire County Council said: “Unfortunately over the past twelve months we have seen an increase in the number of scams, many  relating to Covid-19.

“In this latest scam, through text message, criminals try and get you to click on a fake NHS website where they try and get your bank account details.

“The scam does appear genuine but please don’t fall for it. If in doubt, check with a friend or a family member, and remember that the NHS will never ask you for your bank details.”

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Families should report scams to the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0808 223 1133 or at the Citizens Advice website.





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