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Wolverhampton Information Network

Beware of vaccine scams

Wulfrunians are warned to be on their guard against scammers using the Covid-19 vaccine as a way to gain cash or financial details.

People are being contacted through convincing-looking text messages, by phone calls or in person and told they are eligible for a vaccine.

The scammers, who claim to be from the NHS or a local pharmacy, will then ask their victims for personal information, bank details or a payment.

Officers from the council’s Public Protection Scams team have been made aware of reports about the bogus text messages and phone calls.

The team is asking people to remain alert and share warnings of the scams with friends and family.

People should be aware that the NHS will:

  • never ask for payment – the vaccine is free
  • never ask 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

For genuine Covid-19 related advice including vaccination information visit GOV.UK and NHS.

If you think you have been scammed, report it online to Action Fraud or by calling 0300 123 2040.

For advice and assistance contact Citizens Advice Service via the website or by calling 0808 223 1133.

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