Fraudsters sending fake vaccine texts

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Residents of Argyll and Bute are being warned to look out for text message scams concerning the Covid-19 vaccine.

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) has said that such scams have been reported, firstly on the Western Isles at the end of December.

That was then followed by similar reports from Edinburgh, where forms were asking for details from recipients’ bank cards in order to ‘verify their identity’.

A spokesperson for Advice Direct Scotland, which runs the consumeradvice.scot website, warned that people should be on their guard.

They said: ‘Sadly, this is not the first instance that unscrupulous fraudsters have looked to exploit this public health crisis in an attempt to steal personal information and bank details.

‘We have seen this throughout the pandemic, with scams including the sale of fake PPE and targeting of the Test and Protect programme.

‘What we are now sadly seeing is criminals targeting the crucial roll-out of the vaccination programme.

‘The NHS will not require bank details in relation to vaccinations.

‘We urge all Scots to remain scam aware, think very carefully before sharing your personal information, and if you think a message or an email involving NHS initiatives doesn’t look or seem right, then it probably isn’t.’