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Covid Scam

Alert message sent 08/01/2021 18:36:00

Information sent on behalf of Staffordshire Police

Due to the roll of out the new vaccine, many people are anticipating contact from health care professionals about the opportunity and turn to receive their dose.

This is great news, but unfortunately, criminals are seeing this as an opportunity to lure people into clicking links on fraudulent text messages and emails, with the eager anticipation of vaccine news and cyber criminality, this could lead to a perfect storm if people aren’t aware.

Other ways that scammers are contacting members of the public regarding COVID-19 are:
- A text message / SMS stating that you are eligible to apply for a COVID-19 vaccine with a link to click to fill in a form.
- Fake URL links claiming to link to GOV.UK website to claim supposed COVID-19 related payment.
- Lockdown fines suggesting you have breached lockdown.
- Offers of health supplements that will prevent you becoming infected.
- Financial support offers that appear to be from your bank.

REMEMBER - Do not give these scammers your personal details and bank details.

Please remain vigilant.
Message sent by
Christopher Neal (Staffordshire Police, PCSO, South Staffordshire)

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