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Ways to Avoid COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

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The healthcare industry is distributing the coronavirus vaccine, which means criminals and scammers aren’t far behind. Here’s what you need to know to avoid vaccine-related scams.

During times of uncertainty, criminals will try to take advantage of the unknown. They prey on any fear and spread misinformation, especially during a pandemic. Scammers will attempt a number of tactics, like claiming to have a miracle cure, or disguising himself or herself as a contact tracer.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, here are four facts in which you can be sure about the COVID-19 vaccine:

  1. No one legitimate will contact you for your Social Security number, bank account information, debit or credit card numbers, or PIN numbers.
  2. You can’t pay to have your name on a list to receive the vaccine.
  3. You can’t pay to get early access to the vaccine.
  4. Beware of third party providers offering other products, treatments, or medicines to prevent the coronavirus. Check with your healthcare provider before receiving any treatment related to COVID-19.

If you receive a phone call, text message, social media advertisement, or email claiming you can get early access to the vaccine, do not respond, click any links, or provide any sort of medical or financial information. Do not pay any money, or give out any personal information. Instead, end the communication as soon as possible, and file any necessary reports. The best way to get information about the COVID-19 vaccine is to contact your primary healthcare provider.

As always, we’re here to help keep you safe. To learn about Central Bank’s response to COVID-19, how we can offer assistance, or if there’s anything we can do to help, please contact us.

Sources:

  1. COVID-19 vaccines are in the pipeline. Scammers won’t be far behind, FTC
  2. Coronavirus Advice for Consumers, FTC
  3. With People Getting COVID-19 Vaccine, Officials Warn That Scams are Next, AARP

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