“Where possible, avoid clicking on links in emails and try to take steps to verify the identity of the person or organisation contacting you.”
Cifas is also warning that scammers are continuing to target Covid vaccine bookings via scam emails and text messages.
Shockingly, these messages purport to be from the NHS, and include a link to supposedly register for the vaccine, as well as asking for bank details for verification purposes.
“As the distribution of the vaccine begins to increase and more groups become able to book their vaccine, spotting when a message is obviously fake may become more difficult,” Ms Burridge continued.
“Remember that the NHS will never ask for your banking details as part of booking your vaccination and check the website you are using has an official NHS URL.”
Pauline Smith, Head of Action Fraud, said: “We are asking the public to remain vigilant and be cautious of any automated calls they receive mentioning their National Insurance number becoming compromised.
“It’s important to remember if you’re contacted out the blue by someone asking for your personal or financial details, this could be a scam.
“Even confirming personal details, such as your email address, date of birth or mother’s maiden name, can be used by criminals to commit fraud.
“If you have any doubts about what is being asked of you, hang up the phone. No legitimate organisation will rush or pressure you.”