Warning issued over Covid-19 vaccine call and text scam

By Mary Dennehy

AN GARDA Siochana, the HSE and the Department of Health have advised members of the public to be aware of potential scams relating to the Covid-19 vaccine.

According to a statement released today, An Garda Siochana said it is aware of members of the public receiving fraudulent text messages and calls regarding Covid vaccination.

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Warning issued to members of the public (file image)

The text messages received have requested the confirmation of private or sensitive information, such as PPS number, date of birth and address.

Garda said that other people have received phone calls requesting they make an appointment for a Covid-19 vaccination at a random hospital.

“In most cases, the person receiving the call will say they are not in a position to travel to the hospital”, the Garda statement said.

“This allows the caller to extract further personal details.

“Some individuals might confirm that they live alone or reveal their home address.

“The caller will then offer to come to their residence to adminster a vaccine.”

The statement added: “The HSE will never text or call individuals requesting personal information and they will never request payment for a Covid test or vaccine.

“Your local GP will be the first point of contact about vaccination or Covid testing.

“The Covid-19 vaccine is free and it is not available privately.

“We would ask that members of the public make contact with any vulnerable friends or family to make them aware of these calls and text messages.”

Tips and Advice

Do not give out your PPS number to anyone who makes unsolicited contact with you by phone or email.

The HSE will never call or text you and ask for your PPS number.

The HSE will never call you to request your home address

Never give away personal date or disclose who you may live with or if you live alone.

The HSE will never request payment for a Covid test or vaccine

If you receive such as call, just hang up.

Anyone who mistakenly provides personal information in response to this scam should contact their local Garda station.

If you have questions or concerns relating to Covid testing or vaccination, contact your local GP.

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