We have been asked to bring attention to this fraud alert from Essex police about the the vaccine which was in the latest briefing from the Diocese. Please read the full document in the link below:
11th December 2020
BEWARE OF VACCINATION SCAMS
With the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine beginning this week, residents are warned of criminals seeking to exploit the pandemic further.
Fake Text Messages & Calls
Basildon has been one of the worst affected areas in Essex for Coronavirus and as a result, scammers have been targeting residents with fake text messages. Essex Trading Standards have warned that the messages ask residents to click a link in order to book their vaccination, before proceeding to take personal details and payment requests.
The Covid-19 vaccination is free and you will never be asked for payment.
In other parts of the country, people have also received phone calls to book non-existent ‘vaccine appointments’. They are asked to confirm their booking by pressing a number on their phone which results in them being billed by their provider.
‘VIP’ vaccine tickets
Phishing scams continue to circulate, many now claiming to offer ‘VIP’ vaccination tickets that will allegedly put people at the head of the vaccination queue—for a price. Similar to the scams that have been seen throughout the pandemic, they will often ask you to click on a link or provide personal/banking details to pay for the ticket.
Remember—if it seems to good to be true, it probably is!
The vaccine is currently being offered to those most at risk, particularly the elderly.
Please pass this information on to anyone you think may be vulnerable to these scams.