WASHINGTON — The Federal Bureau of Investigation, along with several other federal agencies, are warning the public over emerging schemes related to COVID-19 vaccines.
The scams are based on the public's interest in receiving the vaccine and then giving up their personal information and money to receive it.
Many of the schemes offer early access to the vaccine for pay, asking victims to put up a deposit or fee. They also attempt to fool people into paying out-of-pocket to put their names on a waiting list.
According to the FBI, some marketers will offer to sell and ship doses of the vaccine for payment.
Tips to avoid COVID-19 vaccine-related fraud:
- Consult your state’s health department website for up-to-date information about authorized vaccine distribution channels and only obtaining a vaccine through such channels.
- Check the FDA’s website (fda.gov) for current information about vaccine emergency use authorizations.
- Consult your primary care physician before undergoing any vaccination.
- Don’t share your personal or health information with anyone other than known and trusted medical professionals.
- Check your medical bills and insurance explanation of benefits (EOBs) for any suspicious claims and promptly reporting any errors to your health insurance provider.
- Follow guidance and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other trusted medical professionals.