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How to Avoid COVID Vaccine Scams

Tips to help you stay protected

With the widespread release of the COVID-19 vaccine, scammers are taking advantage of people who may be home alone and unaware of how the vaccine distribution works. If you are contacted with an offer that seems too good to be true, it’s important to be skeptical.

Here are some tips you can share to help your friends and family fight COVID vaccine fraud:

• Avoid anyone who calls and asks you to pay for the COVID vaccine, offers to book you an advance appointment, or says that they can reserve you a spot in line. The vaccine is free, and only scammers will try to solicit payment upfront.

• Beware of offers granting earlier access to the vaccine if you pay a fee. There is no way to gain earlier access to the COVID-19 vaccine. Any offer that infers such a possibility is a scam.

• Ignore all sales ads for the vaccine. It cannot be purchased as it is only available at federal and state approved locations.

• Do not give out your Social Security number, bank account, or credit card information to anyone calling, texting or emailing about the vaccine.

Visit the Federal Trade Commission website for more information about COVID-related scams.