FBI warns of COVID-19 vaccine scams, signs to look out for

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(WEHT) The FBI and Office of the Inspector General want to make you aware of signs of potential scams in regards to the COVID-19 vaccine. Security experts are warning Americans to be on their guard and avoid offers that sound too good to be true.

  • You are asked to pay out of pocket to get the vaccine.
  • You are asked to pay to be put on a waiting list or to get early access.
  • You see an ad on social media or receive unsolicited email or phone calls.
  • Marketers offer to sell or ship doses for payment.

Do not give out your personal information to unknown sources. If you believe you’ve been the victim of COVID-19 fraud, report it to:

  • HHS-OID hotline: 1-800-HHS-TIPS | website
  • FBI hotline: 1-800-CALL-FBI | website
  • CMS/Medicare hotline: 1-800-MEDICARE

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(This story was originally published on December 18, 2020)

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