‘I’m an idiot!’ Coronation Street star Tony Maudsley falls victim to vaccine passport scam

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Coronation Street star Tony Maudsley, who plays George Shuttleworth in the soap, handed over his bank details to fraudsters to buy a vaccine passport, before realising it was a scam. Luckily for the 53-year-old actor, he cancelled his card and alerted his bank before any payment was taken, but he is now warning others.

Taking to his Twitter today, he shared a warning from Action Fraud about the scam.

The website posted an example of the fraudulent email, reported by over 370 people.

Tony commented: “Like an idiot I just got caught out with this NHS Passport scam.

“Suddenly realised (after giving them all my bank details) that the email address attached to what looked like an official NHS email didn’t match.

“Luckily I realised quickly and cancelled the card and alerted my bank.”

The actor went on to say that he did already have the NHS app and soon realised you can get the proof of vaccination for free.

Many of his 62,000 followers flocked to his post to comment.

One wrote: “It’s good to see a celeb showing they can get trapped as well, gives a better understanding of how we all are so easily able to be caught out, nice one Tony.”

A second commented: “I like to think I’m quite savvy, scam wise. But it nearly fooled me too.”

A third added: “No! At least you realised!”

Action Fraud has warned that the NHS would never ask for bank details or passwords.

They went on to urge anyone suspicious of an email to report it at [email protected]

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The company wrote: “We have received over 370 reports from members of the public who have been sent emails purporting to be from the NHS, offering them a vaccine passport.

“The fake emails claim that the passport will allow you to travel safely and freely around the world without having to self-isolate.

“The emails ask the recipient to click on a link which takes them to an online form where they are prompted to input personal and financial details.

“In some cases the online form has looked very similar to the real NHS website.”

Obtaining proof of your vaccination status is free via the NHS app.

Covid passports were introduced for proof of vaccination back in July.

Proving your jab status could make it easier to go on holiday and attend particular events.

If you believe you are the victim of a fraud, please report this to Action Fraud as soon as possible by calling 0300 123 2040 or visiting www.actionfraud.police.uk.

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