eHealth Saskatchewan is warning the public about a text message scam regarding COVID-19 vaccines.

The message looks like an online vaccination scheduling website contacting about a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

The scam message contains a malicious link, which may prompt you to download software that contains malware, eHealth said in a statement.

“Malware can infect your device and put you at risk of identity fraud by exposing your personal information, bank details, and account credentials online,” eHealth said.

eHealth urges residents not to touch the link.

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The Canadian Anti-Fraud Center (CAFC) identified a similar text message scam in September 2021.

CAFC said people should beware of unsolicited text messages and emails that ask to tap/click on a link or attachment.

“Don’t tap/click on links or attachments in unsolicited messages; they may contain viruses or spyware,” CAFC warned.

CAFC said people can also contact the agency directly to verify legitimacy.

Those who suspect they have been the victim of cybercrime or fraud should report it to local law enforcement and the Canada Anti-Fraud Center online reporting system or by phone at 1-888-495-8501.

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