BARNSLEY police have now warned residents to stay vigilant of a scam text message that poses as the NHS to target people waiting for a Covid-19 vaccination.

A bogus text which urges people to book a vaccination appointment with a link to a fake website has been targeting residents of Barnsley.

South Yorkshire Police have now backed the council in warning others about the fraudsters, after it was revealed that people fell victim to the fake forms which ask for bank details to prove their identity.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said: “Action Fraud has received reports of fake text messages, claiming to be from the NHS, instructing people to sign up for the Covid-19 vaccine.

“The texts contain a link to an online form, which looks very similar to the real NHS website, where people are asked to input their details.

“The vaccine is a crucial tool in fighting the coronavirus and keeping people safe.

“Thankfully, the number of reports into Action Fraud are relatively low but we have seen an increase in the last two months, particularly around scam text messages.”