According to NHS England, an elderly lady has lost £5000 in a recent scam. The lady was called by a person purporting to be a GP at her local practice. The fraudster informed the victim that for a £1.50 fee the GP could attend their home to administer the flu jab and requested bank details in order to confirm the appointment.
A spokesperson from NHS England and NHS Improvement, said: "If someone claiming to be from the NHS contacts you by phone and asks for payment, please be aware they could be a criminal trying to trick you."
"Most NHS services are free at the point of use and NHS professionals are very unlikely to ask for fees such as prescription charged by phone. We advise you not to share bank account details or other financial information unless you are sure of who you are talking to"
The NHS urged anyone who received the call to report the scam to NHS fraud.
You can report any concerns or suspicions you have about fraud or corruption within the NHS or wider health group to the NHS Counter Fraud Authority by calling our free 24 hour confidential fraud reporting hot line powered by Crimestoppers on 0800 028 4060.