U.S. Government Agencies Warn of COVID-19 Fraud Schemes.
With COVID-19 vaccines shipping, some U.S. government agencies are warning consumers against a host of vaccine-related scams. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are warning the public about several emerging fraud schemes related to COVID19 vaccines. The key point is: Beware of emails, social media sites, online ads, phone calls or other venues (electronic or otherwise) offering you a shortcut to getting a COVID-19 vaccine. Bad actors will be phishing for personally identifiable information (which they can use to perpetuate additional frauds) as well as seeking your money for goods that will never be delivered—or (even worse) delivering bogus ingredients masking as vaccine. Remember that anyone can grab an FDA logo and make it look like a seal of approval. The notice also warns against social engineering, such as: Unsolicited emails, telephone calls, or personal contact from someone claiming to be from a medical office, insurance company, or COVID-19 vaccine center requesting personal and/or medical information to determine recipients’ eligibility to participate in clinical vaccine trials or obtain the vaccine.”
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