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!”