PENARTH Town Council are warning residents of a coronavirus vaccination fraud making the rounds. 

Criminals are using the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine as a way to target the public by tricking them to hand over cash or financial details.

They are sending convincing looking text messages letting people know they are eligible for the vaccine or phoning people directly pretending to be from the NHS, or local pharmacy.

Penarth Times: How to spot the fake vaccine application scam How to spot the fake vaccine application scam

Remember, the NHS will not:

  •  Ask for payment – (the vaccine is free)
  •  Ask for your bank details
  •  Arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
  •  Ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport

If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you are suspicious about an email you have received, forward it to

Suspicious text messages should be forwarded to the number 7726 which is free of charge.

If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft, you should report this directly to Action Fraud either online; or via phone 0300 123 2040.