Scam messages usually ask the recipient to click on a link leading to an online form which looks similar to the real NHS website – these bogus websites ask them to enter personal and financial details.
There have also been extremely concerning reports of scammers posing as NHS staff who have visited vulnerable people at home and offered them the vaccine for a fee, or even administered fake vaccines.
The Covid-19 vaccine is free. If you are offered it at a price, it could be fake, stolen or non-existent.
You will be contacted by NHS Scotland by letter or phone to arrange your vaccination appointment when you are eligible.
The NHS will NOT:
- Ask you for bank details
- Ask you for any payment for the vaccine
- Ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as passports
- Ask you to register to receive the vaccine
- Arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
Please make sure that family and friends are aware of these scams.
If you are unsure about a message you have received in relation to Covid-19, call the NHS Scotland national helpline on 0800 030 8013.
If you are concerned that you may have provided personal or financial information via a link in a scam message, contact Police Scotland on 101. If someone comes to your property claiming to be offering a vaccine for a fee, do not engage with them, close and secure your door, and call 101.
Avoid cyber threats and misleading information about vaccinations or other medical developments related to Covid-19 by checking official sources:
Report contact tracing scams to Advice Direct Scotland. If you have been the victim of a fraud, report it to Police Scotland on 101.