(TargetLiberty.org) – The FBI warned Monday that scammers are exploiting the COVID-19 vaccine to trick victims out of their money. Similar scams have already appeared in the UK, where vaccination began a week earlier; now they’re happening here, too.
Unless you’re a healthcare worker or resident in a long-term care home, it’s going to be at least a few weeks before you’re eligible for the vaccine. So how would you react if you got a phone call, telling you that you can jump the line and get the inoculation early – in exchange for some personal details, of course? What would you do if an email offered you the chance to pay for a priority vaccination?
#NEW: As distribution of #COVID19 vaccines begins, watch for signs of potential scams. Scammers may ask you to pay out of pocket for the #vaccine or for early access to it. They may also ask you to pay to put your name on a vaccine waiting list. https://t.co/MJmfZgTO50 pic.twitter.com/sTfcJPXKCU
— FBI (@FBI) December 18, 2020
What you should do, the FBI says, is ignore it – because it’s a scam. The Bureau’s December 18 warning emphasizes that unless you’re in one of the priority groups, there’s no way to jump to the top of the list. If you’re asked for payment, personal details or to sign up for a vaccine waiting list, don’t be fooled – you’ll lose any money you pay, and could become a victim of identity theft too.
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