Advertisement For Floor StyleAdvertisement For Smiths Of DroghedaAdvertisement For Arc CinemaAdvertisement For Gerry's Fresh FoodsAdvertisement For O'Reilly GlassAdvertisement For Droichead Arts Centre Spring ProgrammeAdvertisement For LEO Louth Green for Micro
Advertisement For Credit Union Home Mortgages
Monday, 25th January 2021

Garda and HSE issue warning on Covid scams

Front Page

An Garda Síochána, the HSE and The Department of Health have warned members of the public to be aware of potential scams relating to the Covid-19 vaccine.

An Garda Síochána has become aware of members of the public having received fraudulent text messages and calls regarding Covid vaccination.

The text messages have made requests for people to confirm private and sensitive information such as PPS number, date of birth and address.

Other people have received phone calls requesting they make an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine jab at a random hospital. In most cases, the person receiving the call will say they are not in a position to travel to the hospital.

This allows the caller to extract further personal details. Some individuals might confirm that they live alone or reveal their home address. The caller will then offer to come to their residence to administer a vaccine.

The HSE will never text or call individuals requesting personal information and they will never request payment for a Covid test or Vaccine.

Your local GP will be the first point of contact about vaccination or Covid testing.

The Covid-19 vaccine is free and it is not available privately.

We would ask that members of the public make contact with any vulnerable friends or family to make them aware of these calls and text messages.

Tips and Advice

  • Never disclose private information over phone or via text message.
  • Do not give out your PPS Number to anyone who makes unsolicited contact with you whether by phone or email.  The HSE will never call or text you and ask for your PPS number
  • The HSE will never call you to request your home address
  • Never give away personal data or disclose who you may live with or if you live alone
  • The HSE will never request payment for a Covid test or vaccine
  • If you receive such a call, just hang up

Anyone who mistakenly provides personal information in response to this scam should report the matter to their local Garda Station

If you have questions or concerns relating to Covid testing or vaccination, contact your local GP.

Get today's local news straight to your mobile. Download the Drogheda Life App now!

Get it on Google Play

Please support Drogheda Life 

Drogheda Life has brought you the local news every day since February 2012 with a special emphasis on the achievements of local individuals, community organisations and businesses.

If you appreciate what we are doing perhaps you would consider making a financial contribution to help us continue publishing?

Thank you!

Please support Drogheda Life by taking out a subscription

We are reaching out to Drogheda Life’s readers to seek their financial support so that we can continue delivering the local news every day and providing a platform for discussion of local topics.

As a Drogheda Life subscriber you will be supporting our efforts to bring you the local news on a daily basis and to provide a platform for discussion on local topics and issues of the day

Drogheda Life is here to support the people of the Drogheda area and to publicise their efforts within the community. Please fill in the form now. Thank you.

Donate Now
Advertisement For Floor Style
Advertisement For Smiths Of Drogheda
Advertisement For Arc Cinema