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December 16, 2020

Watch out for COVID-19 vaccination scams


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COVID-19 vaccinations are slowly becoming available, but the scams are already here. Here’s what to watch out for to avoid becoming a victim.

  • If you get a call, text, email — or even someone knocking on your door — claiming they can get you the vaccine, do not respond. That’s a scam.
  • You can’t pay to get early access to a vaccine or to get on a vaccination list. And you can’t buy a COVID-19 vaccination through the mail, online, or in stores.
  • Don’t respond to text messages about COVID-19 from people you don’t know. Clicking on links in messages could download malware to your phone or let criminals know they’ve found a target.
  • No one from a vaccine distribution site or insurance company will call to ask for your Social Security number or your credit card or bank account information to sign you up for a vaccine.
  • Medicare will not call beneficiaries to offer COVID-19 related products, services, or benefit review.
  • Some scammers pretend to be COVID-19 contact tracers. Legitimate contact tracers will never ask for your Medicare number, financial information, or try to set up a COVID-19 test for you and get payment information.
  • Beware of anyone offering other products, treatments, or medicines to prevent the virus.
  • Always check with your doctor before paying for or getting any COVID-19-related treatment.

If you suspect fraud, report it to the Texas Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-621-0508.

For information on when vaccinations will be available, visit the Texas Department of State Health Services website.

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Last updated: 2/12/2021