Avoid Coronavirus Vaccine Scams

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12.17.20

Avoid Coronavirus Vaccine Scams


Criminals continue to use the COVID-19 pandemic as a cover to steal personal information and money from individuals. Government officials have already been cracking down on many fake COVID-19 at-home test kits and treatments. Now with a COVID-19 vaccine on the way, government officials are working with drug companies developing the vaccines to stop the sale and distribution of fake vaccines. 

Here are a few things you can do to avoid a COVID-19 scam:

  • Ignore offers for COVID-19 at-home test kits and vaccinations. Scammers are selling products to treat or prevent COVID-19 without proof that they are effective. Be aware that none of the vaccines can be currently purchased online or in stores. Reach out directly to your doctor or health care provider regarding more information on the vaccine.

  • Immediately hang up on robocalls. Do not speak or press any numbers. Many scammers are using robocalls to impersonate government officials.

  • Avoid phishing attempts. Do not click on any links in text messages or emails. Scammers will try to impersonate the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). When in doubt, perform a separate internet search for the website.

  • Ignore calls for immediate action. While you may be eager to have access to the COVID-19 vaccine early, do not let the sense of urgency cloud your judgment. Scammers will try to get you to act before you think. Inquire about the vaccine with your healthcare provider only.

  • Verify their identity. Scammers will impersonate a company or person you are familiar with. Do not provide them with any personal information and contact the company or person directly for confirmation.
     

For More Information

Read more about COVID-19 scams on the Federal Trade Commission’s website, FTC.gov. Learn more about the COVID-19 on the CDC’s website, cdc.gov. Also, the FDA is providing updates about its progress in developing a treatment for COVID-19 on their website, fda.gov.

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