COVID-19 Vaccine Scam Alert
COVID-19 vaccines are in the pipeline. Scammers won’t be far behind.
Reports about the release of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of the year are promising, but plans for distribution are still being worked out.
Once the FDA authorizes one or more vaccines from pharmaceutical manufacturers, vaccines will be distributed to federal- and state-approved locations. States are also working on their own specific vaccination plans. You may want to check with your state for specific information regarding distribution plans in your state. More information on where and how to get a COVID-19 vaccine will be available once vaccines are authorized and/or being shipped out.
While we wait for a timeline and more information, there’s no doubt scammers will be scheming. Here’s what you can be sure of:
- You likely will not need to pay anything to get the vaccine during this public health emergency.
- You can’t pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine.
- You can’t pay to get early access to the vaccine.
- No one from a vaccine distribution site or health care payer, like a private insurance company, will call you asking for your Social Security number or your credit card or bank account information to sign you up to get the vaccine.
- Beware of providers offering other products, treatments, or medicines to prevent the virus. Check with your health care provider before paying for or receiving any COVID-19-related treatment.
If you get a call, text, email — or even someone knocking on your door — claiming they can get you early access to the vaccine, STOP. That’s a scam. Don’t pay for a promise of vaccine access or share personal information. Instead, report it to the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov or file a complaint with your state or territorial attorney general through consumerresources.org, the consumer website of the National Association of Attorneys General.
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