Warning as NHS Covid Passport scammers target Gloucestershire residents
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Police are asking residents to be vigilant following reports of scam emails relating to NHS Covid Passports.
Since 13 October a number of reports have been received of emails claiming to be from NHS Digital National Health Services stating the recipient was eligible for a Covid Passport.
One incident in Brockworth saw a husband and wife receive their booster jabs before being emailed later that day. The email looked professional and contained a link to follow to provide details to obtain this ‘passport’.
The victim followed the link and put in some personal details such as their name, date of birth and mother’s maiden name. However, they noticed it was fraudulent when they were asked to provide bank details.
The email itself had a number of errors such as addressing the email to the persons email and not name (e.g. Dear [email protected]). On closer inspection it appeared the link was from N.H.S.ONLINESERVICE.CO.UK and stated [email protected] when expanding on the name.
These errors have been explained to the pair as warning signs for future reference to prevent them from falling victim to similar scams or phishing emails.