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COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

As the Covid-19 vaccine becomes available in the United States, scammers are already using the vaccine to obtain personal information and request money from users.  

With multiple news stories, sources and social media posts that can sound legit, many are out there to scam users in exchange for early access to the vaccine. It can be difficult to decipher what’s true and what is not, and it is important to know you will never be asked to share personal information such as passwords, bank account information or give money by anyone in the vaccine program for Covid-19.

Scams have been reported in which users are asked to send money or provide personal information like passwords and bank credentials in exchange for the Covid-19 vaccine. The FBI stated that this will never happen, and if you receive a call from someone claiming to be from a medical office, insurance company or vaccine center requesting personal information or money, you should report it immediately. Ads and emails from unknown sources are another way scammers can try to get your private information.

To protect yourself from these attacks, look for authentic, updated information on vaccine distribution from the Oklahoma State Department of Health and other trusted news sources. You can also consult with your doctor before getting a vaccine to ensure the legitimacy and only provide personal and health information with a trusted medical professional.

If you fall victim to one of these attacks, report it immediately online with the Federal Trade Commission at reportfraud.ftc.gov.