North Yorkshire Police warn of new Covid vaccination scam

Scarborough borough residents are being warned to watch out for scammers sending bogus coronavirus vaccine emails.

Wednesday, 27th January 2021, 11:14 am
Updated Wednesday, 27th January 2021, 11:19 am

North Yorkshire Police has issued an urgent plea for people to be vigilant for the con which involves an email which appears to be from the NHS.

The message asks the recipient to follow a link to book their vaccination which involves filling out extensive personal details.

Nationally, over 1,000 reports have been received about this scam since Monday and in North Yorkshire, police have already had many reports but say most people have spotted it as a scam before going any further.

Police are warning people about a Covid vaccination scam.

They urge anyone who receives an email like this to delete it straight away.

North Yorkshire Police Financial Abuse Safeguarding Officer, Andy Fox, said: "We've previously seen one type of email scam of this nature and others much earlier in the pandemic, promising vaccines in exchange for large amounts of money but this one is particularly worrying given it's more convincing appearance.

"Scammers are increasingly sophisticated in their approach and are once again taking advantage of the national situation.

"If you receive any suspicious emails, delete them immediately and if you think you have fallen victim to this scam, or any other, please call the police on 101 and contact your bank immediately too."

The NHS has details on its website about how you will be contacted when you are eligible for a vaccine.

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