Beware fake Covid vaccination invites, NHS warns

The NHS has warned people to be vigilant about fake invitations to have the coronavirus vaccination, sent by scammers.

The scam email includes a link to “register” for the vaccine, but no registration for the real vaccination is required.

The fake site also asks for bank details either to verify identification or to make a payment.

The NHS says it would never ask for bank details, and the vaccine is free.

Cyber-security consultant Daniel Card told BBC News that traffic data indicates thousands of people had clicked the link to the fake site – although it is unclear how many then filled in the form.

He urged people to remain vigilant: “These things spring up, we take them down and then they spring up again.”

Both the National Cyber Security Centre and Action Fraud have asked anyone who receives a scam email or text to report it.

Car Park Scam

Drivers are also being warned about another scam – this time in car parks which could cost them thousands of pounds. The scam starts when drivers are paying for car parking using ticket machines. The fraudster will approach the driver claiming that the ticket machine is not working
properly and will not accept cash payments.

The driver will then attempt to pay for parking using their bank card, but it is understood that the fraudster has tampered with the machine and the cards are swallowed and collected by the fraudster soon afterwards. Victims can then lose thousands of pounds from their bank account within a very short space of time.

For more details about both scams, please read the fliers attached to this post.

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