Scams

Coronavirus (COVID-19) scams and fraud

Scammers and criminals are looking for opportunities to scam people as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. 

COVID Pass fraud

Criminals are using the NHS COVID Pass as a way to target the public by convincing them to hand over money, financial details and personal information. They are sending imitation text messages, emails and making phone calls pretending to be from the NHS, and offering fake vaccine certificates online and through social media. 

  • The NHS App is free

  • The NHS COVID Pass is free

  • The NHS will never ask for payment or any financial details

Vaccine fraud and online crime

Criminals are using the coronavirus vaccine as an opportunity to scam innocent people and their businesses. They are experts at impersonating people, organisations and the police. They will try to trick you to hand over money, personal information, or buying goods or services that don't exist. 

They can contact you by phone, email, text, social media, or in person. 

  • The NHS will never ask for payment - the vaccine is free
  • The NHS will never ask for your bank details
  • The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine
  • The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport
  • You can get your vaccination status for free through the official NHS app, NHS website, or by calling the NHS on 119

Report fraud

You can report COVID fraud to Crimestoppers:

You can report coronavirus business grants fraud if you think a business has fraudulently claimed a coronavirus business grant from us.