The NHS has released information about their communications, to prevent people falling victim to scams.

The service is currently sending texts to people to encourage them to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

A NHS spokesperson said: “There’s been a wide range of scam emails, text and other messaging during the pandemic but the advice is to follow what is on this page: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/how-you-will-be-contacted/.”

This official NHS advice for spotting a scam says: “The COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge on the NHS.

“The NHS will never ask for your bank account or card details, your pin or banking password, copies of personal documents to prove your identity such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips.

“If you think you have been a victim of fraud or identify theft, report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.”

If you're aged 18 or over, you can book your vaccination appointments now. You do not need to wait to be contacted.

Otherwise, you may receive a text from 'NHSvaccine' inviting you to book your vaccination appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy.

The text will be sent to the phone number your GP surgery has listed for you.

You may also get a letter a few days after.

If you receive a text from 'NHSvaccine' inviting you to book and you're not sure if it is genuine, you can wait to receive your letter.