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Awareness of Covid Scams

Alert message sent 09/01/2021 10:07:00

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 utilising this as an opportunity to send out fake text messages promising coronavirus vaccines to members of the public.

The fraudulent messages state the person is "eligible to apply" for a vaccine, and contain a link to a fake NHS website where they can apply.

The scam messages are designed to trick people into parting with their bank details.
The messages contain a link that asks for personal information and - crucially - card details "for verification".

The fake NHS message is one of a range of scams which have sought to take advantage of the pandemic and the isolation and legitimate worries of potential victims.

Others have included people travelling door-to-door selling counterfeit or useless protection equipment, or fraudsters claiming to be from the official test and trace service and demanding payments.

To report an incident and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use its online fraud reporting tool.
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Jane Lawlor (Police,PCSO,Longton)

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