Non-urgent advice: Public Alerts

*The Government counter fraud function have developed advice to help people avoid falling victim to scams relating to the Covid-19 vaccine.

The top four vaccine scams are as follows:

Text messages – People are asked to press a number on their keypad or to send a text message to confirm they wish to receive the vaccine, doing so is likely to result in a charge being applied to their phone bill and fraudsters collecting personal information to use again.

Phone calls – Victims receive a phone call from a fake caller offering the vaccine for a fee or asking for bank details.

Websites – Fake URL links to convincing-looking NHS vaccine booking forms, these look like official NHS forms and may contain some personal information already, at the end of the form it asks for the victim’s bank details.

In person – Criminals are calling unannounced at the homes of victims by pretending to be from the NHS to administer the vaccine there and then, in exchange for a cash payment.

*last updated 28/02/2022.

Non-urgent advice: NHS Fraud Alerts

When the NHS loses money to fraud, we all bear the cost. Find the most recent alerts below:

We estimate that the NHS is vulnerable to £1.14 billion worth of fraud each year. Fraud takes taxpayers’ money away from the patient care and puts into the hands of criminals.

Everyone has a part to play in fighting fraud. Being aware of the risk and remaining vigilant are the most important first steps, followed by knowing how to report fraud.

It is easy to report NHS fraud. You can call our anonymous, 24-hour reporting line on 0800 028 4060 (powered by Crimestoppers) or use our confidential online reporting form.

Information provided by the NHS Counter Fraud Authority.