Back to Back Issues Page
Watch For Scams Newsletter. New Vaccine Scams
May 04, 2021

New Vaccine Scams

Watch For Scams is dedicated to helping you avoid becoming a victim of fraud.

If you like this ezine, do a friend a big favor and forward this to them. If a friend forwarded this to you, and if you like what you read, please subscribe by visiting the link below: Subscribe Here

New Vaccine Scams

Now that the COVID-19 vaccination program is well under way, new types of scams continue to emerge.

The tactics of trying to get a person to click on a dangerous electronic link, pay for a “free trial,” receive a “free” gift after paying a shipping or handling fee, and giving out your credit or debit card or bank information remain the same. Scammers may try to trick you to trust them if they have some of your personal information, which can be found on the Internet if you registered to vote or if they pay a small fee for directory information.

One scam involves fake emails or texts from a vaccine producer, such as Pfizer, asking people to fill out a follow-up survey. None of the vaccine companies are sending out such surveys, but fraudsters can copy company logos and create emails or texts that look legitimate. The survey is tied to offers of a free gift or trial to get personal information.

Another illegal scam targets people who do not have vaccination cards. For example, an eBay seller offered “Authentic CDC Vaccination Record Cards” for about $10. Buyers received a blank card and no cover pouch. No doubt such promotions will continue since vaccination cards may be required at schools, colleges, workplaces and while traveling. The use of such fake cards also poses risks to others if the carrier did not receive a vaccination and has the virus.

If you believe you have been a victim of this type of scam you should promptly report it to the IC3's website at The IC3's complaint database links complaints together to refer them to the appropriate law enforcement agency for case consideration.

Remember - always watch for scams!


Back to Back Issues Page