Warnings sent out over COVID vaccine scams

Warnings sent out over vaccine scams

LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - People wanting a COVID-19 vaccine are becoming targets for scammers.

Warnings are being sent out by government agencies on what people should look for to avoid being targeted.

“Email and phone and text message scams,” Scott Hall, managing director for IT Help Central at Texas Tech, said. “Those are very common.”

Many common tactics include being asked to pay out-of-pocket for a vaccine or having a vaccine shot shipped directly to someone.

The list sent out by the FBI includes:

  • Pay out-of-pocket for a vaccine
  • Asked to be put on a waiting list, get early access
  • Advertisements through unknown sources
  • Offer to sell, ship vaccine for money

“Just recognize that some of the information out there may not be correct,” Hall said. “It may be an attempt to steal your identity or to get you to pay some money.”

Those who believe they may have been a victim of a COVID vaccine scam are asked to report it here:

  • HHS-OIG Hotline: 1-800-HHS-TIPS - tips.hhs.gov
  • FBI Hotline: 1-800-CALL-FBI - ic3.gov
  • CMS/Medicare Hotline: 1-800-MEDICARE

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