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Newark: Convincing covid-19 text scam aims to steal your personal and financial details




A convincing scam has taken advantage of the current covid-19 pandemic with the potential of leaving people out of pocket, writes Elliot Ball.

Fraudsters have sent out texts claiming to be the NHS with a convincing link and application form on their supposed website.

The application form asks for personal details including bank and card details in order to ‘check identity’.

The 'website' the text link takes you to. This is fake. (43826429)
The 'website' the text link takes you to. This is fake. (43826429)

The message reads: “NHS: We have identified that you are eligible to apply for your vaccine.”

Rushcliffe Police released a statement on their Facebook page warning local people about the con.

A police spokesman said: “The NHS will never ask for financial details, not even to prove identity.

The text scam. (43826431)
The text scam. (43826431)

“Remain vigilant of coronavirus scams, we know that criminals will use the confusion and urgency around the pandemic as a way to target potential victims.

“With the recent approval of multiple vaccines in the UK, these types of scam attempts are likely to continue as fraudsters look to take advantage of the roll-out to so many people.

“Cold calls regarding the vaccine are also beginning to take place, with scammers asking people to pay for a vaccination over the phone. If you receive one of these calls, hang up.

The 'website' the text link takes you to. This is fake. (43826433)
The 'website' the text link takes you to. This is fake. (43826433)

“Please warn friends and family of this scam text.”



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