Avoid Covid Vaccine Scams
January 22, 2021|
By Mary Day|
Don’t fall victim to a Covid-19 vaccine scam! Fraudsters are preying on people eager for hard-to-get coronavirus vaccinations. Scams include taking money in exchange for phony vaccine reservations, a Craigslist ad for the vaccine, telephone offers of home delivery, and text messages to set up an appointment for a vaccination.
A top official at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) warns that more scams are ahead. “It’s a growing problem. We’re going to start seeing these types of scams increase,” says Nenette Day, an assistant special agent in charge of the watchdog arm of HHS. Complaints about vaccines scams are made daily, with multiple complaints on some days, and they come from across the U.S., she says.
Check with reliable sources – your doctor, your local health department, the Ohio Department of Health – for accurate information about vaccine availability. If you suspect Medicare fraud or a scam in Ohio, please contact Ohio SMP at 513-458-5515, or 800-488-6070 (option 7 if you are on hold). Read More.