Suffolk Trading Standards has asked people to be vigilant after reports of scam vaccination emails rise.
The email states that the receiver has been selected to receive a vaccination, with a link to follow to “register” for an appointment.
If the link is followed, the fake website it takes you to will ask for your bank details to verify your identity.
Jo King was one of the many who took to Twitter to warn others of the scam emails.
She said: “At first I believe it might be a genuine email as the email address looked genuine on my laptop.
“It also seemed likely as my husband is classed as extremely vulnerable and I’m his primary carer.
However, my husband has recently been contacted by our local GP surgery by phone to arrange his vaccination so I decided to do a bit more digging.”
In her tweet, Mrs King added a screenshot of a suspicious looking address that appeared when she looked at the email on her phone.
She added: “It showed the email to be from an email address with the domain “bhushanfoodstyling.com”, I did a bit more research on the address and found a Facebook page of the same name based in India.
“I then knew it was a scam so put it out on Twitter, and now when you go to the Facebook page, MacAfee virus protection blocks the site as suspicious which it didn’t before.”
Despite being a Devon resident, Mrs King’s tweet was responded to by Suffolk Trading Standards, who promised the matter would be fully investigated.
A spokesperson for Suffolk County Council Trading Standards said: “Unfortunately criminals are inventing many scams to exploit people, using Covid-19 as a way to get personal information of money.
“Covid-19 vaccinations from the NHS are free.”
Any contact regarding a real NHS vaccination booking will never ask for bank details, ask you to press a button on your keypad when on the phone, or ask you to send a text to confirm the booking.
The spokesperson added: “If you are concerned if a call, text or email is genuinely from the NHS, hang up or do not respond to the message and confirm details by contacting your local GP surgery.”
If you have received an email you are suspicious about, forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org.