A Member of the Neighbourhood Watch has signed up for the newly introduced ‘Which Conversation Scam Alerts’. The first report is of a dangerous fake NHS text that has been circulating, telling people they’re eligible to apply for the COVID-19 vaccine. That text is copied below.
The URL in the text (blue highlight above) takes you through to an extremely convincing fake NHS website that asks for personal details. The Which member who originally was in receipt of the text, became suspicious when it asked for his bank/card details in order to ‘check his identity’.
There are spelling mistakes on the website page and in the SMS itself, which are signs of a phishing scam. But on first sight it is convincing stuff and circulating just when we are all taking an interest in the vaccine roll out.
‘Which’ report that the fake site was also registered just two days ago – another reason to be suspicious, and that demonstrates the importance of reporting these scams as soon as you receive them so that others can be warned.
We have, since receiving the heads up from our Member, signed up to receive future Scam messages from ‘Which Conversations’. I’m not sure if you have to be a Which subscriber to sign up for and receive the Alerts. You might just be inclined to subscribe to Which yourself. If not, as we are already subscribers and have just signed up for the alerts, we will make sure you are duly alerted.