COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

Posted on Dec 18, 2020 in Alerts, News Releases

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 a complaint with the Office of Consumer Protection, and report it at the FTC at

COVID-19 vaccines are widely available. For the most recent Hawaii information check #HIGotVaccinated