Action Fraud has received hundreds of reports about fake NHS email addresses sending details about a 'digital vaccine passport'.
The emails claim to be able to provide people with a “digital passport” that “proves you have been vaccinated against COVID-19”.
This opportunistic scam encourages people to register for their documentation by clicking a link to visit a webpage, which then encourages them to pay a small "admin fee".
Vaccinations and subsequent vaccination status can be obtained free of charge through the NHS.
There is no admin fee, so if anybody asks you to pay a sum of money then it is a scam.
It is also important to note that the NHS will not email double-jabbed people about a 'digital passport'. It is instead up to you to register yourself, online or through the NHS app which is different from the NHS COVID-19 app.
- The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.
- The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking passwords.
- The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.
- The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.
If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, you can report it by forwarding the email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Suspicious text messages can also be reported by forwarding them to the number: 7726 (it’s free of charge).
If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk