Some people are receiving suspicious calls, text messages, emails and some face to face calls at the doorstep offering the COVID-19 vaccination.
You don't need to apply for a vaccine and you will never be asked to pay for it or provide bank details to prove your identity. Don't let these unscrupulous fraudsters take advantage of you. There is an email scam going around at the moment. Be aware of it and delete it.
To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points.
- The vaccine is only available on the NHS for free to people in priority groups, and the NHS will contact you when it is your turn. Anyone offering a paid-for vaccine is committing a crime.
- The NHS will never ask you to press a button on your keypad or send a text to confirm you want the vaccine, and never ask for payment or for your bank details.
- At the moment we are not making house calls to deliver or discuss the vaccine and we will never come to your house without an appointment. Anyone offering this now is committing a crime.
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to Derbyshire Police by calling 101.