FIFERS are being warned not to fall for an "utterly despicable" fake vaccine text alert.

A fraudulent message purporting to be from the NHS has been circulating in the area in an attempt to convince people to hand over personal information.

The text message reads, 'We have identified that your are eligible to apply for your vaccine', and then provides a link for more information and to apply.

The spelling mistake is ordinarily a sign of this type of fraud.

The link directly takes you to a mock NHS page where it seeks to obtain personal information including details of a bank card.

There have also been reports of fraudsters making calls to people seeking them to provide payment to obtain a vaccination.

Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Dean Lockhart is urging people to not be taken in by the fake message.

He has been contacted by a number of concerned constituents across the Fife area who had received it.

Mr Lockhart said: "These scams are utterly despicable and show just how low these criminals will go as they prey on fears and anxieties during a public health crisis.

"Many people may receive these fake messages and we must make sure that all our family, friends and neighbours are made very aware what to look out for.

"The golden rule is never to send any information requested or click on a link.

"Regarding the vaccination programme, a letter will be sent out so ignore this fake text."

The consumer organisation Which? has been collating information on these various frauds and more information can be accessed online.