December 13, 2021

Beware of vaccination scams: Scammers are constantly finding new ways to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to steal money and personal information. For example, scammers in Florida used an “Eventbrite” page to charge seniors money for fake vaccination appointments.

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • You likely will not need to pay anything out-of-pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency.
  • You cannot pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine.
  • You cannot pay to get early access to the vaccine.
  • You will not be solicited door to door to receive the vaccine.
  • No one from Medicare or the Health Department with contact you.
  • No one from a vaccine distribution site or health care payer, like a private insurance company, will call you asking for your Social Security number or your credit card or bank account information to sign you up to get the vaccine.
  • If you get a call, text, email — or even someone knocking on your door — claiming they can get you early access to the vaccine, STOP. That’s a scam.

If you experience suspected fraudulent calls, texts, emails, etc. contact the Ohio SMP at 1-800-488-6070, use the “Report Fraud” button on this APP or click here.

Source:  SMP Resource Center