In News by Bembridge PC

Trading Standards are receiving increasing reports of a worrying scam that appears to be targeting anyone and everyone. The scammers are again using the coronavirus to con us into parting with money and details. The latest scam is an official looking text purporting to be from the NHS saying that you need to book a vaccination appointment. This will then take you to a fake NHS form which will ask for bank details to prove your identity. This is a SCAM

The NHS will never ask for a person’s banking information so please do not provide it

The second comes in the form of a survey scam on social media. This has been reported from the mainland however social media has no geographical boundaries! The scam purports to be authorised by the local authority and alleges to find out how residents are coping with the Covid-19 situation. Participants are requested to provide their personal details and are offered a payment of £25 for taking part. It is believed that by giving bank details for the payment the scammers will have access to their bank accounts and can take money from them.

Be very wary of any links you click on social media and never give information in this way.

New Year – New Scams – Stay Safe