Broughton Astley Parish Council

Serving the people of Broughton Astley

Clerk: Debbie Barber
Council Office, Station Road
Broughton Astley, Leicester
LE9 6PT

Scam Alert: fake texts

Scam Covid Vaccine Alert picture

A fake NHS text has been circulating, telling people they're eligible to apply for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The text confusingly states that "we have identified that your are eligible to apply for your vaccine" and advises you to follow a link to get more information: uk-application-form.com

This link takes you through to an extremely convincing fake NHS website that asks for your personal details and will ask you for your bank/card details in order to 'check your identity'.

These fake sites may typically contain spelling or grammar mistakes, classic signs of a phishing scam.

Please remain vigilant of Coronavirus scams!

We know that criminals will use the confusion and urgency around the pandemic as a way to target potential victims –

⚠ Council tax reduction phishing email

⚠ Fake NHS contact tracing text

⚠ HMRC Government grant phishing email

⚠ Microsoft 'covid relief fund' phishing email

⚠ COVID-19 vitamin pill cold calls

⚠ Leicestershire County Council trading in breach of Covid restrictions fake text

With the recent approval of multiple vaccines in the UK, these types of scam attempts are likely to continue as fraudsters look to take advantage of the roll out to so many people.

Cold calls regarding the vaccine are also beginning to take place – we've already had reports of scammers asking people to pay for it over the phone. If you receive one of these calls, hang up.

If you think you may have handed over your card details to scammers, let your bank know what's happened immediately. Please do share this warning with friends and family so we can prevent anyone from falling victim.

Leicestershire County Council Trading Standards Service have also reported fake texts circulating.

❗Scam alert – fake Leicestershire County Council text message❗️

This Service has received a report that a fake text message is being sent purporting to be from Leicestershire Council regarding breaches of Covid restrictions.

We have NOT sent this message.

Be wary of unsolicited text messages or emails.

If you need advice or wish to report any scam please call Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.

Or visit http://citizensadviceleicestershire.org/

Details of this scam will be provided to Action Fraud https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/ and consumers are able to report any scam text directly to their network provider, free of charge by forwarding the text to '7726'.

Posted: Wed, 06 Jan 2021 11:30 by Anita Percy

Tags: 2021, Communication, Council, Health, Information, community