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FBI, other federal agencies issue warning over COVID vaccine schemes

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Posted at 3:53 PM, Jan 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-04 17:54:01-05

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.

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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 ( 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.