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Beware of COVID scams circulating in the UK

In recent weeks a number of attempted COVID-19 related scams have emerged across the country, including:

  • people receiving text messages informing them that they are ‘eligible’ to apply for a vaccine and then asking them to provide bank details
  • people receiving text messages that claim to be from the HMRC inviting them to claim for a ‘grant’
  • scammers looking to take advantage of businesses applying for business grants

Never provide your bank details in response to any email, phone call or text from anyone claiming to be part of the NHS vaccine programme. Bank details, passwords and pin numbers will never be requested as the COVID-19 vaccine is free and this should be an automatic red flag.

Find out more on GOV,UK: Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice on how to protect yourself and your business from fraud and cyber crime