How to Avoid Coronavirus Vaccine Scams
Stop us if you have heard this before. COVID-19 scams are on the rise. This time, crooks are taking advantage of the vaccine rollout.
Scammers are preying on people’s anxiety. They are luring people to get fake vaccines. In many cases, they are tempting Americans with offers that sound too good to be true.
The FBI is urging citizens to stay alert. They issued a warning and mentioned reports of “scammers using the public’s interest in COVID-19 vaccines to obtain personally identifiable information and money through various schemes.”
As COVID-19 vaccine distribution gains momentum, here are the signs of potential scams:
- You are asked to pay out of pocket to get the vaccine
- You are asked to pay to put your name on a vaccine waiting list or to get early access
- Advertisements for vaccines through social media platforms, email, telephone calls, online or from unsolicited/unknown sources
- Marketers offering to sell or ship doses of the vaccine for payment
Follow these tips to avoid vaccine-related fraud:
- Consult your state’s health department website for current information about authorized vaccine distribution channels.
- Check the FDA’s website for up-to-date information about vaccine emergency use authorizations.
- Consult your primary care physician before undergoing any vaccination.
- Do not share your personal or health information with anyone other than known and trusted medical professionals.
- Check your medical bills and insurance explanation of benefits for any suspicious claims.
- Promptly report any errors to your health insurance provider.
- Follow guidance and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other trusted medical professionals.