Links in emails and text messages should never be clicked as they could download malware to your PC or Smartphone or worse, ask for bank account or credit card details that'll be used to drain your finances.
"The NHS will never ask you to pay for vaccines; especially via an email or text message!"
So, what have Action Fraud recommended as the way to protect yourself? Well, in the United Kingdom, vaccines are only available via the NHS of either England, Northern Ireland, Wales or Scotland. This will be via your GP, a local vaccine centre or pharmacy. Vaccines are always free of charge.
Other things to know:
If you got an email, check the address that sent it to you. If it doesn't end with nhs.uk it's a scam
The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details
The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking passwords
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 payslips
Your vaccination status can be obtained for free through the official NHS app, NHS website, or by calling the NHS on 119
If you ever receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up immediately. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, you can report it by forwarding the email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Suspicious text messages can also be reported by forwarding them to 7726 (free of charge) and if someone knocks on your door unexpectedly claiming to be from the NHS then slam the door in their face and call the police.
And, as always, 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.
Until next time ...
ROGER EDDOWES Business Godparent
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Roger trained at Edward Thomas Peirson & Sons in Market Harborough before working at Hartwell & Co, followed by Chancery, as a partner. He started Essendon Accounts and Tax with Helen Beaumont in 2014 as a general practitioner with a hands-on approach.
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