Reports have been coming in that a fake NHS text message is circulating, telling people that they are eligible to apply for the COVID-19 vaccine.

When you click on the link, you are taken to a convincing fake NHS website that asks for personal details including bank account information. Please bear in mind that the vaccine IS FREE OF CHARGE.

Any text message containing a link should be treated with caution and the best way to find information is by visiting NHS Inform, or by carrying out a search online using a recognised search engine. Do not click on links in unsolicited texts or emails.

There have also been reports of criminals making telephone calls and asking for payment over the phone before you can attend your vaccine appointment. If you receive such a call, please hang up immediately.

These scams appear very convincing. If you think you have been a victim of fraud, please let your bank know immediately. If you are receiving unwanted phone calls, please let your service provider know – they may be able to assist by blocking anonymous calls or you may wish to consider a landline phone with call blocking functions.

Contact Police Scotland on 101 or contact Advice Direct Scotland on 0808 164 6000 if you require further advice or information.

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