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Fake Vaccine Emails - Be Covid Smart

By rah | rah | 16 Feb 2021


I guess it was inevitable that some malicious people would seek to take advantage of the pandemic and in particular the arrival of the vaccines. In recent weeks news stories have started surfacing about such people sending scam emails to profit from the fears and suffering of others.

What makes this even more unpalatable is that with vaccines currently being aimed at the most vulnerable many of these are the elderly who all to often lack the tech savvy necessary to recognise such scams and they can often find themselves duped into giving money (which is usually the scammers main goal anyway) or being phished or even having their ID stolen.

I wrote a similar post about scam emails a few months ago and I just want to reiterate the points as they are even more salient. The only difference is that I am not going to be so techie with my explanations this time so print them of and send them to your elderly relatives or other friends who you think might appreciate them.

So here goes:

Opening the email itself is not in itself risky if you are not sure.... BUT THEN STOP!

  • The first tell tale sign is bad English, typos, spelling mistakes and bad grammar
  • Secondly look at the sender's address - does it look like a health service one (in the UK it will have nhs.uk on the end). It might say something like [email protected] (which again is not right). Check for yourself the proper domain names of your local health service provider
  • You will almost certainly be asked to click on a link. If it passes the first two tests then HOVER over the link and look (usually in the bottom left corner of your screen) to see where it is going. Always remember a link can look quite different to its destination. Check this good example from the UK NHS (try it yourself at https://www.nhs.uk/)

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Example a few years ago I received an email that looked like it was from my bank and as I hovered over most of the links they were all genuine, but the one that I was invited to click was going to geofffroom.com (and if he is still out there I have no problem with naming and shaming).

  • Simply don't click on anything you don't understand.
  • If you are being offered an appointment, call or email your health provider directly and they will confirm if it is your turn yet.
  • Never send money unless you know / trust the sender and never never never share your pin or login details. No respectable organisation ever asks for this in the form of an email

If you wish to read my more in depth article on the matter it can be found here. In it I show more of the tricks and the kind of links that are especially dangerous.

Stay safe, don't get scammed and have a great day.

 

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I love reading and technology as well as history. I teach English and Business to professional clients as well as soft skills with a focus on communications. I am a big fan of both Sheffield Wednesday and Lincoln City Football clubs


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