Egyptian health ministry warns of fraudulent phone calls to trick people into revealing personal info



Fri, 21 Jan 2022 - 12:39 GMT


Fri, 21 Jan 2022 - 12:39 GMT

FILE - Courtesy of istockphoto

FILE - Courtesy of istockphoto

CAIRO – 21 January 2021: Egypt’s Health Ministry warned citizens against people claiming to be affiliated with the ministry to trick people into revealing their personal information.

The Cabinet’s media information center commented on reports about fraudulent phone calls that collect people’s personal data with the claim of having them registered to take the coronavirus vaccine, saying it contacted the Health Ministry in light of the claims.

The Health Ministry warned citizens that such phone calls seek to use their personal data to exploit people or blackmail them.

The ministry also urged citizens to report phone numbers of people claiming to be part of the ministry so as to take all legal measures against them.

The country has launched its vaccination campaign in January last year and has since then secured all approved vaccines worldwide.

On Sunday, Acting Health Minister Khaled Abdel Ghaffar said Egypt has managed to secure around 132 million coronavirus vaccine doses in 1,393 vaccination centers.

Abdel Ghaffar said the country has so far provided about 60.5 million vaccine doses to citizens in addition to half a million third booster shots.

Children of the age group 12-15 have got 206,000 vaccine doses, while those of the age group 15-18 got about 1.4 million shots, Abdel Ghaffar added.



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