WARNINGS have been issued after fraudsters launched a new scam text message about the coronavirus vaccine.

Scam artists have sent out hundreds of texts to people claiming to be from the NHS.

Each text says the recipient is eligible for the vaccination, with victims told they can apply for the jab by following a link.

The link allegedly takes potential victims to a "very convincing" site, pretending to be run by the NHS, before asking users to enter personal details to register.

Scammers are aiming to target the elderly and the vulnerable, those people who are being vaccinated against covid-19 first.

More than 60 reports have been made to Action Fraud, the UK's national reporting centre for cyber crime, about the scam.

Pauline Smith, head of the organisation, reminded people that the NHS would not charge for the covid-19 vaccine.

She said: “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.

“Remember, the vaccine is only available on the NHS and is free of charge.

"The NHS will never ask you for details about your bank account or to pay for the vaccine.

"If you receive an email, text message or phone call purporting to be from the NHS and you are asked to provide financial details, this is a scam.”