With the UK vaccinating over 2 million people a week and many of us waiting for the notification of our turn. So, a member of my family was delighted when they received this email and happily clicked on the link to accept. This took them to a very familiar looking NHS website which asked for some personal details and a £5 payment…….. Fortunately, at this stage their Reassura training kicked in and they bailed out! Its, a great example of how we all when faced with a situation which is a different to normal life become susceptible to fake emails or other scams.
THE NHS WILL NEVER ASK FOR BANK OR CARD DETAILS
Tips and Advice
- Notification by letter – If you are invited to have your vaccination at a large centre of pharmacy you will receive a letter
- Notification by text or email – Somewhat confusingly the NHS will notify you by text or email if the vaccination is at a local GP surgery or hospital
- Dear who? – Any communication from the NHS will be personally addressed to you, ignore any letters or phone calls where they do not call you by your name
- Anti-virus protection – Make sure that your devices are protected with AV software as it will often stop you entering fake sites. With this email an iPhone did not flag the site but a windows PC with AV did
- Read more – The NHS regularly update their website with information, click here to read
- Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisors will help you to stay safe
- To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool.
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