COVID-19 vaccines have been flooding the news outlets as of late, with the recent news that at least one vaccination has been approved by the FDA for distribution. While details of how and when the vaccine will be distributed are still being finalized, one thing is certain: it’s a new opportunity for scammers.
Here are some pointers for avoiding potential scams related to the COVID-19 vaccine:
- You can’t pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine. If you receive information implying you can, it’s a scam.
- You can’t pay to get early access to the vaccine. If you receive information implying you can, it’s a scam.
- No legitimate sources will call about the vaccine and ask for your social security number, bank account information or credit card information. If someone contacts you and requests this, it’s a scam.
The FTC has published information on what is known today about the vaccinations, as well as things we should/should not expect, to help avoid getting caught in a scam. You can find the full article here.