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December 21, 2020

Vaccine Distribution Scam

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Vaccine Distribution Scam

There is potential fraud and scams in relation to the COVID-19 vaccine. What you should watch out for.

Some signs of scams include:

* You are asked to pay out of pocket to get the vaccine.

* You are asked to pay 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 or unknown sources.

* And marketers offering to sell or ship doses of the vaccine for payment.

The vaccine is currently available in limited quantities and the distribution timeline for the general public is still to be determined. Access to the vaccine is strictly controlled, and anyone claiming to provide early access to the vaccine is a scammer.

No one can pay to put his or her name on a list to get the vaccine or to get early access to the vaccine. No legitimate vaccine distribution site or heath care payer, like a private insurance company, will call asking for your Social Security number or debit/credit card number to sign you up to get the vaccine.

You likely will not need to pay anything out of pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency.

Remember - always watch for scams!

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!


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