A BOGUS text urging people to book a vaccination appointment with a link to a fake website has been targeting residents of Barnsley.

Council bosses have warned residents to be vigilant of the vaccination scam after it was revealed that people fell victim to the fake forms which ask for bank details to prove their identity.

A spokesperson for Barnsley Council said: “The NHS will never ask for bank details or payment of any kind.

“Please remain vigilant, be cautious and listen to your instincts.

“Don’t be afraid to hang up on a caller, bin a letter, delete an email or shut the door.

“If you think you’ve been scammed, tell your bank and report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

“Always report a possible scam, it could save someone else from becoming a victim.”