Beware Covid-19 Vaccine Scam

Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) is urging residents to be on their guard against scammers using the promise of a coronavirus vaccine to con them out of money.

Criminals across the country are contacting people out of the blue with offers of a coronavirus vaccination. These approaches have been made by text or from a recorded voice message on the telephone.

In each case the recipient is required to respond by clicking a link in the text message or by pressing 1 when receiving the call.  They are then asked to give personal information, as well as financial details to book their vaccination.  However, these are scams, with criminals exploiting the pandemic to attempt to steal personal details and people’s money.

If you get a suspicious text asking you to click on a link this could be a scam.  Do not click on the link.  If you receive a recorded voice message on your phone and asked to press a number, this could be a scam.  Do not press any buttons and do not call the number back.  Report all scams via Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 0808 223 1133.

More information on the OCC News website.

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