Spotting "Phishing" email scams

Many scams involve a fraudulent email trying to convince you to hand over details. Don't fall for these!

Sadly many fraudsters are jumping on the Covid vaccine bandwagon in an attempt to attract your attention. Over 57 fraudulent Covid related scams have been identified so far.

How to protect yourself:

In the UK, COVID-19 vaccines will only be available through the National Health Services of England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland. You can be contacted by the NHS, your employer, a GP surgery or pharmacy local to you, to receive your vaccine. Remember, the vaccine is free of charge. At no point will you be asked to pay.

The NHS will never -

  • Ask you for your bank account or card details.

  • Ask you for your PIN or banking password.

  • Arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.

  • Ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.

In general, there are many signs to watch out for in emails that are in fact Scams - the following examples give some common examples of the things to watch out for in suspicious emails. With a little practise it becomes easier to spot a Scam before it is too late!