Don’t let your business fall victim to COVID-19 online fraudsters

Updated: Mar 4

As millions of us wait to hear about information regarding Covid-19 vaccinations, it’s important that we all remain vigilant towards cyber crime.


Reports from an email security company, Mimecast highlight a recent increase in emails sent by organised crime groups, offering Covid-19 vaccines in return for personal information.


This most recent coronavirus scam tells recipients that they have been selected to receive the vaccine based on their family and medical history.


This kind of cyber-attack is called phishing, and often involves an attempt to retrieve personal information, by hiding behind the disguise of a trustworthy company, which in this case is criminals hiding behind the NHS branding in an attempt to gain the trust of the recipient.


At a time with so many working from home and using work laptops or personal use, businesses are more vulnerable to data theft and ransom.


To protect yourself, your colleagues and your businesses from this scam, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has listed a few tips that are very important remember when invited to book your Covid-19 vaccine:

· The vaccine is completely free of charge,

· The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.

· The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.

· The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.

· The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.

See more in the NCSC’s latest threat report at: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/report/weekly-threat-report-19th-february-2021


If you receive an email regarding the vaccine that you believe to be a scam, you can report it to the NCSC directly through their Suspicious Email Reporting Service (SERS) at: https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/information/report-suspicious-emails

For further information on cyber security and the NEBRC FREE membership programmes please contact us at enquiries@nebrcentre.co.uk

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) are working together to support the establishment of Regional Cyber Resilience Centres (CRCs). The CRCs represent a significant opportunity for the NCSC to expand the reach of its guidance and services to smaller organisations across the country and provide an extra level of practical support to enhance their impact. The NCSC is currently assisting the NPCC in determining the suite of cyber security services that the CRCs will be able to offer.