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Beware of Covid-19 vaccine scam 25.01.21

GARDAÍ have urged members of the public to be wary of scams relating to the Covid-19 vaccine. In recent days, An Garda Síochána is aware of members of the public having received fraudulent text messages and phone calls regarding the Covid-19 vaccination.
The text messages have made requests for people to confirm private and sensitive information such as PPS number, date of birth and address.
Other people have received phone calls requesting they make an appointment for a Covid-19 vaccine jab 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, which 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 administer a vaccine.
Gardaí and HSE urge people in Inishowen to be wary of Covid-19 vaccine scams being initiated via text messages and phone calls.
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-19 testing. The vaccine is free and it is not available privately.

Gardaí and the HSE would ask the public to contact any vulnerable family members or friends and make sure they are aware of these fraudulent calls and text messages.
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