Scams related to CoWin vaccine online registration that you need to be careful about

With the entire Covid-19 vaccination process made online in India, scammers are now trying to trick gullible citizens into revealing their personal information including banking details by promising them to help get a vaccine slot. Due to the shortage of vaccines across the country, booking a vaccine appointment is difficult. Scammers are using this to their advantage. Here are few scams related to Covid vaccine online registration on CoWin that you need to be careful about.

Random calls offering you to help get a vaccine slot on CoWin website

There are chances that you may get calls from people posing to be from the government or some NGO offering to help you register on the CoWin platform and also secure a vaccine appointment. In the name of helping, these sometimes directly ask for money or tell victims to download remote desktop apps like AnyDesk, Microsoft Teams, etc on their phones to steal passwords. These passwords may be later used to steal money from bank accounts.

SMS asking you download certain apps to register for vaccine

If you come across any SMS that tells you to download a certain APK file or app then know that it’s fake and meant to steal your personal information. You can only book a vaccine slot through the official Aarogya Setu app or by visiting the CoWin website.

WhatsApp messages claiming your vaccine a lot is booked and you need to pay to confirm

A new type of message is circulating on WhatsApp and other platforms, which asks you to pay money to confirm a vaccine slot that has been ‘pre-booked’ for you. The message comes with a payment link. This link is usually a phishing attempt to steal your banking details. Note that there is no official partnership with WhatsApp or any other platform with regards to payment or vaccine registration. So, ignore any such message that you get on WhatsApp.

Emails claiming confirmed vaccine slots from third party apps

Beware of emails that lure you to download third-party apps by claiming to offer confirmed vaccine slots on the CoWin platform. These apps are mostly malware…Read more>>