I just received the above-imaged message in an email.
Does it look plausible to you? It isn’t.
Oh, the logo is nicely copied, I’m sure, as is the white-on-blue colour scheme.
But then we get to the text:
“This is a public health message from NHS.” Really? No “Dear Mike”?
“As part of the government’s coordinated response to Coronavirus,” – not Covid-19? – “NHS” – not “the NHS”? Not “NHS Wales” (in my case)? – “is performing selections for coronavirus” – note not “Coronavirus”; any official organisation would have had a set style regarding capital letters – “vaccination on the basis of family genetics and medical history.”
Hogwash. The vaccination programme is being carried out on the basis of a priority list that has been well-publicised. Family genetics and medical history are not part of that list.
“You have been selected to receive a coronavirus vaccination.” I don’t think so. I am a member of the very last priority group and here in Wales, the health service is nowhere near getting to me.
“Use this service to confirm/reject your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination:”
And then there’s a couple of links to a website run by an organisation called “shloker.com”. Strangely enough, both links lead to the same page. I haven’t clicked on either, for obvious reasons.
“NOTE: The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus.”
What is this? Some attempt to persuade us to click on the links because the vaccine is “safe and effective”? Which vaccine? There are several in circulation now. And we all know there are arguments about both the safety and effectiveness of all of them.
There’s another section of text that is notable for its spelling and grammatical errors, among other things:
“Who can use this service
“You can only use this service if you have received an email/SMS regarding this invitation. You can not use this service for anyone other than yourself.
“You are also free to reject this invitation, your appointment will be issued to the next person in line in that case.”
Notice the last sentence – a threat that I will lose my place in the queue if I don’t click on the link.
“NHS National Health Service GOV.UK”
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