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FBI warns of COVID-19 vaccine scams

Schemes are seeking downpayments or medical details in exchange for promised access to the vaccine.

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The FBI is warning people about COVID-19 vaccine scams.

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The FBI and other US federal agencies on Monday issued a warning about scams related to offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people, usually for a downpayment or for their medical and personal details. 

It follows a year of COVID-19 scams that have touted fake cures and charities while seeking your bank info

Read more: COVID-19 vaccine: Hidden costs, where to get it, vaccination cards, more

Some of the vaccine scams the FBI warned of include: 

  • Ads offering early access to the vaccine at a fee
  • Requests asking people to pay to put their name on a vaccine waitlist
  • Offers to have doses of the vaccine shipped to you for a fee
  • Emails or phone calls from someone claiming to be at a vaccine center, medical office or insurance company asking for personal and medical details to see if you're eligible to obtain the vaccine
  • Ads for vaccines on social media, online, email or phone calls from any unknown source
  • Emails or phone calls claiming to be from the government saying you must receive the vaccine

You can report any COVID-19 vaccine scams to the FBI through ic3.govtips.fbi.gov or calling 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Here's how to protect yourself from identity theft during COVID-19.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.