Consumer Alert: COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

 

COVID-19 vaccines are on the way and distribution plans are still in the works.

  • 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.
  • Check with your health care provider before paying for or receiving any COVID-19-related treatment.
  • You likely will not need to pay anything out of pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency.

This is an important time to protect yourself with information on how to avoid vaccine-related scams.

  • Medicare, insurance companies and reputable healthcare providers will not call you asking for your Social Security number, credit card, or bank account information to sign you up to get the vaccine.
  • Do not buy any kind of coronavirus vaccine or treatment on the internet or from an online pharmacy.
  • If you receive an unsolicited call asking for information, hang up immediately.
  • Do not open or respond to text messages and hyperlinks about COVID-19 from unknown sources, as it may download malware that can potentially harm your device
  • Beware of providers offering other products, treatments, or medicines to prevent the virus.

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, file a complaint with the Office of Consumer Protection, and report it at the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.