(WFXR) — The West Piedmont Health District has received reports from the FBI of potential COVID-19 vaccination scams.
The FBI says that as vaccine distribution continues across the Commonwealth, scammers could use the vaccine to trick people out of money.
Here are some warning signs when it comes to COVID-19 vaccination scams:
- You are asked to pay out of pocket to get the vaccine
- You are asked to pay money in order to put your name on a vaccine waiting list or to get early access
- Advertisements for vaccines through social media platforms, email, telephone calls, online, or from unsolicited/unknown sources
- Marketers offering to sell or ship doses of the vaccine for payment
Authorities want to remind the public not give out your personal information to unknown sources.
If you are a victim of a scam or attempted fraud in COVID-19, you can:
- Contact the National Center for Disaster Fraud hotline at (866) 720-5721 or online at justice.gov/DisasterComplaintForm
- Report it to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center at ic3.gov
- Contact your local FBI field office or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov