Cornwall news Fake vaccine texts claiming to be from NHS target Cornwall residents UK news
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Breaking News ! Fake text messages about vaccinations from people claiming to work for the NHS have been in circulation recently among residents in Cornwall. The NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, which organises primary care including vaccines on a local level, has warned the public to be vigilant after several scams have been linked to the fake texts. The messages ask people for payment and personal details as ‘proof’ that the recipient is eligible for the Coronavirus vaccine. It will usually tell the person it is their turn to have the vaccine, and request the information via a link in the text which takes them to an unsecure website. Dr Iain Chorlton, GP and chairman of NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We’re all very worried to hear that these fraudulent messages are in circulation and shocked that whoever is behind them is trying to take advantage of some of our most vulnerable people at what is already an anxious time for many people. “If you or a loved one receives a text message which looks suspicious, and crucially, asks for bank details - please ignore it.
. “The vaccine is free to all those in eligible groups, and our focus as a health and care system is on ensuring a safe and effective roll-out. The NHS will be in touch when it is your turn to be vaccinated. You can stay up-to-date on the top news near you with CornwallLive's FREE newsletters – find out more about our range of daily and weekly bulletins and sign up here or enter your email address at the top of the page. “I would also like to appeal to those who may be behind the scam to stop it and stop it now. Not only is it illegal but it is also cruel.” Some of the best ways to avoid falling foul of a scam like this are: Spot typos, spelling errors, and grammar mistakes They often don’t address you by your actual name Look - is there an unfamiliar landline area code? Request NHS identification Remember that the NHS will never ask for payment details for a vaccine, or for anything else for that matter
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