Residents are being warned about a scam where crooks are asking for payment in exchange for a covid-19 vaccine.
Essex Trading Standards said it has received several reports from across the county about people being offered a Covid-19 vaccination out of the blue.
Elderly residents have been receiving phone calls advising them the vaccination would be carried out at their home and the caller required their name, address and financial details to take payment.
Other residents have also been contacted by text or via an automated voice message on the phone.
Other reports relate to approaches made by text and from a recorded voice message on the telephone. In each case the recipient is required to respond by clicking a link in the text message or by pressing 1 when receiving the call. They are then asked to give personal information, as well as financial details to book their vaccination.
THESE ARE SCAMS.
Criminals are exploiting the current situation to attempt to steal personal details and your money.
The NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus. These people will be contacted by the NHS.
NO PAYMENT IS REQUIRED FOR THE VACCINE.
There has been a surge worldwide of vaccine related phishing email scams. We expect to see an increase in these.
Phishing emails seen have contained malicious files that installed malware, or links to bogus websites to obtain the victim’s information.
Protect yourself from vaccine-themed phishing campaigns by checking the email addresses on incoming messages and be alert to hyperlinks that contain misspelled domain names; be aware of highly emotive language designed to manipulate you; do not supply login credentials or personal information in response to an email; monitor key financial accounts regularly; and keep software and apps updated.
For more information: https://www.essex.gov.uk/trading-standards-for-consumers/scams-consumer-advice
Report all scams to us via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.