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Stay Alert for COVID-19 Vaccine Scams!

COVID-19 vaccines are rolling out and that’s great news! While we eagerly anticipate vaccine distribution, please stay alert for COVID-19 vaccine scams.

Here’s how to avoid a vaccine-related scam:

  • The vaccine will most likely be free (given the public health emergency) so be highly skeptical of any email or communication requesting money in exchange for the vaccine.
  • You can’t pay to put your name on a list or get early access to the vaccine.
  • No one from a vaccine distribution site or health care provider will contact you for your Social Security number, credit card or bank account information.
  • Stay alert for providers offering other products, treatments, or medicines to prevent the virus.
  • ALWAYS check with your health care provider before paying for or receiving any COVID-19-related treatment.

Additionally, be highly skeptical of emails that create a sense of urgency or fear and persuade you to click on a link or open an attachment like the following. 

  • “CLICK here/OPEN this attachment to learn about the potential side effects of the vaccine!”
  • “CLICK here/OPEN this attachment to hear real stories of allergic reactions to the vaccine!”
  • “CLICK here/OPEN this attachment to get early access to the vaccine!”

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Lose the contents of your bank account in a few taps

Scam alert! Despite instant fraud alerts from banks, victims are still authorizing money transfers straight into criminals’ bank accounts with this convincing scam.

This new scam is skyrocketing in Europe and it’s already started growing in the US too.

The report includes a real life case study featuring a regular family who transferred £25,000 out of their account to fraudsters. Find out where they went wrong so you can recognize when you are at risk.

Find out more with Neil Gurnhill’s in depth piece on the topic.