Latest Fraud Alert (8 Jan)
A new scam is being circulated and it looks very believable. It starts with a text, seemingly from the NHS, saying that you are now eligible for the new vaccine and to click on a link to apply. The link takes you to a website, which looks genuine and asks the user to complete a form asking for Name, Date of Birth, Address, Payment Card Details, and Proof of Address. As you can see this should ring alarm bells because, as we all know, the vaccine is free.
Please follow this advice: do not click on any links in unknown texts - always check first; never give out personal details; with the approval of multiple vaccines, these types of scam are likely to continue as fraudsters look to take advantage of the rollout; cold calls regarding the vaccines are also beginning to take place. Please report any attempts to: www.actionfraud.police.uk
The City of London Police fraud team warn us about an extremely sophisticated scam involving all banks. You may get a message saying a payment hasn’t been taken e.g. O2, Vodafone, 3, Giff Gaff or EE and to click here. As soon as you click the link your money is gone. They will already have your card details and it is proving to be one the most advance scams the bank of England has seen. Remain vigilant for this fraud, and be careful.
Previous Fraud Alert newsletters:
- Essex Fraud Alert 18 Dec 2020 (PDF) - Parcel Delivery Scam
- Essex Fraud Alert 4 Dec 2020 (PDF) - BT fake calls
- Essex Fraud Alert 6 Nov 2020 (PDF)
- Essex Fraud Alert 2 Oct 2020 (PDF)
- Essex Fraud Alert 17 Sep 2020 (PDF)
- Essex Fraud Alert 21 Aug 2020 (PDF)
- Essex Fraud Alert 14 Aug 2020 (PDF)
- Essex Fraud Alert 7 Aug 2020 (PDF)
- Essex Fraud Alert 31 July 2020 (PDF).