As the UK Government plans to make vaccine passports available via the NHS app from 17 May, travellers have been warned to look out for email and text scams.
As the UK edges closer to 21 June when the majority of COVID-19 restrictions are expected to be lifted, vaccine passports have become a key focus.
Vaccine passports could be used to prove that you’ve been vaccinated for coronavirus and could be useful when travelling or attending events to prevent the spread of the virus.
These vaccine passports are available via the NHS app – but only if you have received both coronavirus vaccine jabs.
Unfortunately, those still waiting for a COVID-19 vaccine jab will be unable to get a vaccine passport as Action Fraud warns about fake coronavirus certificates and passports.
It’s also worth warning that scammers are using sites such as eBay to sell fake vaccine cards for as little as £5, sparking fears that some people will use these to flout travel rules.
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Action Fraud says that criminals are likely to use the focus on vaccine passports to target people with fake COVID-19 certificates and passports.
Similar to other scams, fraudsters will try to con people out of their hard-earned cash via phishing emails and texts, social media posts and fake apps and adverts.
Any links will lead to a fraudulent website that asks for personal and financial information, which can then be used by scammers to target people.
How to avoid vaccine passport scams
First, if you haven’t received an invitation for your free COVID-19 jab, you’ll need to wait for the NHS to get in touch.
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As we’ve mentioned in several loveMONEY articles, never click on links of attachments in social media posts or suspicious texts and emails – and don’t enter any personal or financial information.
If you do and you think it’s a scam, contact your bank immediately.
You should also be wary of any out of the blue approaches about the COVID-19 vaccine. If in doubt, check the official NHS site for information or contact the organisation in question directly.
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