Falmouth Health Centre has issued a warning to its patients after receiving a lot of phone calls on Monday from people saying they have received a text offering a Covid vaccine with a link to follow.
It warns people that it is not sending out any texts and advises people to delete them and not follow the link as they may be bogus.
In a post on its Facebook page it said: “We are receiving a lot of phone calls today asking us about texts patients have received offering a Covid vaccine with a link to follow.
“We are not sending these out and we advise you to delete the text as they may be bogus. Please don’t ring us.
“When we send texts out offering your Covid vaccine, the only link you will see is our phone number and you can clearly see it is from us.”
Last month Action Fraud said it had received reports from members of the public who have been sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity to sign up for the vaccine. The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website.
In the UK, coronavirus vaccines will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine. The vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.
– The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
– The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.
– The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
– The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge.
If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.