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COVID-19 vaccination and testing scam alert

Some people have received suspicious calls, text messages and some face to face calls at the doorstep offering the COVID-19 vaccination or advising that you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and asking you to pay for a test.

To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, please remember that the NHS will not:

  • text you and ask you to enter personal details on a link
  • call you and ask you to press buttons on a keypad
  • ask for payment or for any bank details
  • ask to come to your home

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. If you are suspicious about an email, forward it to If you are suspicious about a text message, forward it to the number 7726 (which is free-of-charge). If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by visiting or calling 0300 123 2040. If you have any information relating to NHS COVID Pass or vaccine certificate fraud you can stay 100% anonymous by contacting CrimeStoppers online at or call on 0800 587 5030. If any money has been taken from your account please contact your bank or building society immediately and let them know what’s happened.. Read more about How to spot and report scam emails, texts, websites and calls from GOV.UK