New COVID-19 Telephone Scam Targets Americans

New COVID-19 Telephone Scam Targets Americans

(ConservativeHub.com) – Hope finally arrived to anxious Americans struggling with months of restrictions and the collapse of the nation’s economy in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic late last year. In December, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Emergency Use Authorizations (EUAs) for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

The Biden administration continues to struggle with the distribution of the vaccines nationwide. As one might expect, Joe Biden spends his days blaming the Trump administration, though he is well into his second month in office.

However, the country remains optimistic the end of the nightmare is around the corner. Experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci have stated their belief things could really start returning to normal by fall.

In the meantime, however, scam artists are springing up left and right, trying to turn national concern to their financial advantage.

COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

With the distribution of coronavirus vaccines underway, scammers have adopted elaborate schemes to capitalize on the rollout. The FBI, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have issued warnings to Americans about telephone scams.

Here’s how they work. Scammers send out text messages and use robocalls to trick people into paying them money to put them on a list, make an appointment, or reserve a place in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Anyone asking for money upfront for any of these services “is a scammer,” warned the FCC.

How to Stay Safe

So, what do you do to avoid falling victim to these ruses? The FCC provided a simple set of tips to avoid vaccine-related scams.

  • Be on the lookout for any unexpected text messages about vaccines. Don’t click on any links in text messages about the vaccine. If you receive a text message from your doctor or pharmacist, call them directly instead of answering by text.
  • Don’t open emails from anyone you don’t know. Also, don’t click on any attachments or links received in unexpected messages.
  • Don’t share sensitive financial or health information with strangers. No one from a vaccination site, health clinic, or pharmacy will ask you for information regarding your bank, credit cards, or Social Security number.
  • Do not agree to pay in advance for the vaccine. Anyone asking you for payment of any kind is a scammer.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding a possible scam, you can click here to go to the FCC COVID-19 Consumer Guide. You can report vaccine-related scams to the FTC online at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

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