Fake COVID-19 Vaccine
Fierce Pharma Email Scam: Fake COVID-19 Vaccine
A new type of COVID-19 vaccine fraud is going around today, so beware. You could call it the Fierce Pharma Email Scam or the NHS Invite. Essentially, it comes as a fake email from big names in the health industry, such as Fierce Pharma, Pfizer, Moderna or NHS (National Health Service) – the address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Let’s take a look at it.
Finding a solution to stop the Coronavirus pandemic translated into several COVID-19 vaccine scams. Regardless of where you live, you could easily become a victim of this type of fraud. If you have received any COVID-19 vaccine email, text, or any invitation, feel free to share its content in the comments section, so others are warned.
How does this latest vaccine fraud look like? Impersonation. Besides the Fierce Pharma Email scam, happening in North America, let’s take a look at one going around which uses the name NHS. The idea is that all these fraudulent messages/texts are customized according to your federal health organization (HHS in the US, Health Canada or AGDH in Australia). Let’s see.
How The Bogus Email Looks Like
As mentioned, you may receive an email with an invitation from a health-related organization to get a COVID-19 vaccine. The message’s content may state that you were either selected for the needle or simply that your turn for a vaccine is up.
The email below came to our offices in North America from email@example.com. It looked like this – here is a screenshot:
“This is a public health message from NHS. As part of the government’s coordinated response to Coronavirus, the NHS performs selections for Coronavirus vaccination based on family genetics and medical history. You have been selected to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.
Use this service to confirm/reject your coronavirus vaccination:
NHS – Accept invitation
NHS – Decline invitation
Note: The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against the virus.”
The confirmation page states something like this:
“You will need to:
Have two doses of the coronavirus vaccination at two appointments;
Book both appointments at the same time
Get the 2nd dose 11 or 12 weeks after getting your 1st dose.
You can only use this service if you have received an email/SMS regarding this invitation. This service cannot be used for anyone other than yourself. You are also free to reject this invitation; your appointment will be issued to the next person in line in that case.”
As you might expect, clicking on the Accept button will take you to a page that required all your personal information. That also includes the credit card number, as the scammers will need you to pay a small fee for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Keep in mind that the vaccine will always be available free of charge, and you will not need to provide your bank details.
COVID-19 Vaccine Scam: How To Report
Warn your family and friends about the Fierce Pharma Emil Scam (or NHS) by sharing this article on social media using the buttons provided. If you are wondering how to report phone scams, you can also officially do it to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) using the link below:
How To Prevent Yourself More
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