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Stay alert for NHS vaccine scam

Peterborough residents are being warned to stay alert of new Covid vaccine scams which request their personal data. 
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Public has been warned of a fake NHS text fraud targeting patients in Peterborough (Police: Cambs police)

As if the pandemic was not hard enough, people are being targeted by scammers pretending to be from local authorities including NHS and the council and delivery companies. 

This time, police is warning people to be careful of fraudsters targeting residents, asking for personal details via a text message in return of a vaccine. 

The bogus message says it has come from the NHS informing the person that they are entitled to the newly rolled out coronavirus vaccine, and asks people to click the link in the message for more information. 

This comes as the new Astrazeneca/Oxford coronavirus vaccine is being rolled out this week, and patients might be awaiting information on their appointment for it. 

A spokesperson for Cambridgeshire police said: “Sadly, scammers continue to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to commit fraud on unsuspecting victims. 

“Unfortunately, these texts are fake. Once clicked, you are taken to a web page, which is branded to look like a genuine NHS page, which requests to see 'proof of ownership of address' in the form of your bank account, sort code and a full bank card number.

“Do not give your bank or card details to make payment for a vaccine or to prove your residential address. Coronavirus vaccines are free and the NHS will not ask for any money or bank details.” 

Last month as well, just as Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine was being administered across the country, Peterborough GP surgeries warned patients of a similar scam, where scammers were asking for bank information in return of a vaccine appointment. 

Police has issued scam warning for members of public that can be found here