Council Warns Residents about Covid-19 Scams

Bassetlaw residents are being reminded to be wary of a number of Covid-19 scams that are using the pandemic as a way to trick them into handing over money or their financial details.

In one of the latest scams highlighted by Neighbourhood Watch, a convincing looking text message claims that people are eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine. Scammers have also been phoning people directly and impersonating NHS or pharmacy staff to target their victims.

It is important to remain alert and remember that the NHS will:

  • Never ask for a payment (the vaccine is free)
  • Never ask you for your bank details
  • Never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
  • Never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents (Such as your passport)

Cllr Sue Shaw, Cabinet Member for Health and Community Well-being said: “Unfortunately, some people are using the Covid-19 pandemic as an opportunity to exploit people and try to convince them to pay money or reveal their bank details.

“Some of these scams can seem very realistic. Text messages and the websites they lead you to can look as though they are from the NHS, so it is really important to be aware and remember a few key things that may help you recognise a scam.”

She added; “The NHS will never ask for your financial details, personal documents or payment when contacting you about the Covid-19 vaccine, and the vaccine is not being delivered door-to-door yet. If you have been targeted by a Covid-19 scam, whether that’s by email, text message, calls, or someone has visited you at your home, make sure to report it, as this makes it easier to stop these scams from reaching others.”

There are several ways that you can report a Covid-19 scam.  Suspicious text messages can be sent to the National Cyber Security Centre by forwarding the text to 7726, emails should be sent to report@phishing.gov.uk, and should you receive a scam call, hang up and block the number.

If you are a victim of fraud or identity theft, this can be reported directly to Action Fraud online at actionfraud.police.uk or via telephone on 0300 123 2040.

And if you have any information relating to vaccine fraud, you can report it anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers COVID Fraud Hotline at covidfraudhotline.org online, or phone 0800 587 5030.

 


Last Updated on Tuesday, March 9, 2021