Gardaí have urged people to be on the alert concerning a Covid-19 vaccination phone scam.

Gardaí have urged people to be on the alert concerning a Covid-19 vaccination phone scam. 
It involves people being contacted by phone and being offered a date for their vaccination. 
The fraudsters then look for sensitive personal details such as the person’s name, PPS number, date of birth and address.
Text messages have also been sent requesting people to confirm private information such as PPS number, date of birth and address.
Gardaí say the HSE does not send text messages to confirm those details and will not request payment for a Covid test or a vaccine 
People are being reminded that their GP will be the first point of contact about vaccination, which is free of charge and is not available privately. 
Speaking on RTÉ’s Drivetime, Chief Superintendent Pat Lordan of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau said anyone who has been contacted in the last couple of weeks, and believes they have been duped, should contact their local Garda station.
He also warned of an increase in Smishing, where people are being targeted by texts from fraudsters and urged people not to give personal details in response to an unsolicited text message.