Staffordshire County Council’s Trading Standards Service is warning people to be vigilant and not to give out their personal details if contacted.
In the scam, text messages claim that you are eligible for a vaccine. People are then redirected to a false NHS web page and asked to enter their personal details. Once on the webpage, the final part of the scam asks people to enter their bank details, claiming it’s part of the identification process.
Anyone receiving a text message that seems suspicious in any way or one that asks for financial details should ignore it and report it to Citizens Advice.
The coronavirus vaccine is currently being offered in some hospitals and GP surgeries and national vaccination centres. The NHS are contacting those people eligible for the vaccine but they will never ask for banking details, passwords, or pin numbers.
Throughout the pandemic, Trading Standards officers have received reports on numerous scams, including,
  • Email scams on home testing kits
  • Doorstep cleansing services that offer to clean drives and doorways to kill bacteria.
  • Criminals claiming they are collecting donations for a COVID-19 ‘vaccine’.
  • Companies offering fake holiday refunds for canceled trips.
You can report scams to the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline: on 0808 223 1133 or at the website https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/