Recent scam linked to the COVID-19 vaccine

Brigid Geoghegan
Brigid Geoghegan • 12 January 2021

Recent scam linked to the COVID-19 vaccine

A scam is in wide circulation, that starts with a text or email and advises the user that they are eligible to apply for the vaccine.

Users are then invited to click on the link in the message and are taken to a web page, again that looks very convincing. It goes on to ask for some personal information, for them to be able to apply for the vaccine.

The details which maybe asked for:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • Proof of address
  • Card payment details

With the recent approval of multiple vaccines, these types of scam attempts are likely to continue, as fraudsters continue to take advantage of the rollout to so many people. 

Over the months, coronavirus-themed fraud involved everything from touting non-existent face masks, testing kits and miracle cures to extorting the targets, spewing out malware-laden emails, promoting fake donations, dispensing bogus health advice and disbursing fake financial relief.

Remember -  If a suspicious message has been sent to your personal email address, this can be reported to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) by forwarding them to: incident@ncsc.gov.ie  All reports received by the NCSC will be analysed for any malicious content and action will be taken as appropriate, for example by blocking email addresses found to be sending phishing content, or the removal of fake websites.