Medical Certificate Scam: Europol are warning of fake COVID 19 negative medical test certificates and their teams work to clamp down on this latest Corona Virus Scam.
Something we have been made aware of as well – please report any offences like this to the Action Fraud team. If the victim is the NHS you can contact your Local Counter Fraud Specialist.
Remember as much as you may feel you need to travel, using a fake medical certificate it could lead to the following;
1. Helping continue the spread of a killer virus!
2. You could commit the offence of fraud if you use the certificate to make a gain or cause a loss to another/others.
3. The people behind the scam could be part of an organised crime gang and you could find yourself supporting some very dangerous individuals.
#TakeFive – before you click on that link or order one!
#Tell2 to warn others
Vaccine Scam: As of 7 January 2021, Action Fraud had received 57 reports from members of the public who have been sent text messages claiming to be from the NHS, offering them the opportunity to sign up for coronavirus vaccinations. The texts ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details. In some cases the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website.
Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said:
“Remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge. The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine. If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.”
How to protect yourself:
In the UK, coronavirus vaccinations will only be available via the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a local GP surgery or pharmacy, to receive your vaccination. Remember, the vaccinations are free of charge and you will not be asked for a payment.
The NHS will never:
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to email@example.com. Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726, which is free of charge.
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.