North Van MLA warns of vaccine payment scam

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Jan 31, 2022 – Brent Richter/North Shore News

North Vancouver-Lonsdale NDP MLA Bowinn Ma is warning the public about an attempt by scammers to fleece people seeking a government payment for getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

The scam comes via text messages purporting to be from the B.C. government’s “Vaccine Incentive Program,” promising a $100 e-transfer. The bogus message includes a link for people to click on.

“I very carefully tested it out. It is very convincing. It starts with a check to see if you’re a robot and then it asks you to sign into your online banking system and it all looks very realistic, but it is 100 per cent a scam,” Ma said. “The B.C. government would never ask you for your banking information through text or email like this.”

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