Doses which are becoming rare, appointments drop by drop, fear of the virus, it did not take more to give ideas to some crooks. Since the beginning of the opening of the vaccination campaign, scams are on the increase with the main targets being the elderly and vulnerable.
Once again, the crooks compete in inventiveness to make the victims fall in their nets. In the North of France, the town hall of Houdain launched an appeal for vigilance directly on its Facebook page. In its message published on social networks, the municipality recalls that vaccinations are only done in approved centers. It encourages citizens not to be fooled by the prospecting that has been carried oute by phone to make an appointment at home for vaccination against Covid-19. The police encourage residents to report to the nearest gendarmerie brigade in case of doubt.
In the south of France, the city of Anglet has also taken matters into its own hands. Several residents reported to the town hall the existence of suspicious emails ensuring that vaccines were available. People were sent emails telling them that new vaccines were available as part of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign and inviting them to click on a link to make an appointment, alerts a press release issued by the city. Certainly a way for malicious people to hack the data of citizens.
In the Gard also, vaccination scams have been spotted. There, a man would pass himself off as a gendarme by calling residents directly to “identify” the vaccine needs of the elderly. Calls which are obviously not coordinated by the gendarmerie. It would be intended to move the inhabitants away from their homes to better to rob them.
Another place, another technique. In Sainte-Maxime, in the Var, several people have received an email inviting them to click on a link to get an appointment to be vaccinated against Covid-19. An e-mail which reproduces the communications issued by the town hall. It is, however, a scam intended to obtain Bank details recipients. Asked by TF1, the city councilor warns residents: “Do not click on the link contained in the body of the email, it is a scam”. To know the real places of vaccination the best still remains to approach directly the town hall of his place of residence.
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