COVID-19 Fraud

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused not only a spike in illnesses, but also an increase in phishing scams. And with the vaccine launch, law enforcement anticipates the number of scams reported to grow as well. Scammers are experts in telling you what you want to hear by using deceptive claims to get your money or personal information. Scams can come via text message, phone call, email, or any other form of communication. When it comes to the vaccine, beware if you see these five messages – it may just be a scam.

1. Get the vaccine at the low price of $$."  Beware of advertised discounted prices for the vaccine. However, you may be charged a service fee that can be reimbursed by your public or private insurance, or the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund for those uninsured.

2. Ensure your dose and get it first for a low price."  Paying a fee will not help you get the vaccine sooner. The initial supplies will go to to healthcare professionals and long-term care facility residents.

3. Supplies are running low, get yours today."  Yes, supplies are limited but they will increase in the weeks and months to come.

4. “You won’t need to wear a face mask or socially distance yourself after getting the vaccine.” There is currently not enough information available to determine if or when the CDC recommends people to stop wearing protective coverings.

5. Only one dosage required.” You will need two (2) shots to get the maximum protection offered by the vaccine.

As COVID-19 continues to affect the world, there will continue to be a rise in reported fraud cases. For the most up-to-date information, please visit the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website at HHS.gov.

If you suspect COVID-19 health care fraud, report it immediately online or call 800-HHS-TIPS (800-447-8477).
 
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