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Text scam advising people they are eligible for Covid-19 vaccine as con artists try to cash in

It links to a convincing, but fake, NHS page which then asks for bank details

Police are warning the public of a new phishing text message scam circulating telling people that they are ‘eligible’ for the Covid-19 vaccination.

The scam message reads “we have identified that you are eligible to apply for your vaccine” and links to a convincing, but fake, NHS page which then asks for bank details.

If you receive a text or email that asks you to click on a link or for you to provide information, such as your name, credit card or bank details, it’s a likely to be a scam. Scams can come in many forms and this one is just the latest attempt by fraudsters to exploit the pandemic for financial gain.

Police urge people to “protect yourself” by following this advice:

· Do not open attachments or click on links in emails or texts from numbers you don’t know.

· Never give out your personal information, banking details or passwords in response to an email, text or phone call without verifying that the caller is who they say they are.

· Block any numbers you find suspicious.

· Always go to a website directly, by typing out the address yourself, when logging into an account. Do not click on links.

· Keep an eye out for spelling mistakes in messages and emails.

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