Beware COVID Scams

Reposted from The Senior List.

A disturbing trend I’m seeing is news about vaccine scams. I want to make sure I’m doing everything I can to help protect you from these fraudsters, so I’ve put together a quick list of scams and tips to keep you and your loved ones safe.

Recent COVID-19 Scams to be aware of: Fraudsters are offering COVID-19 tests, HHS grants, and Medicare prescription cards in exchange for personal details, including Medicare information. Scammers are often posing as COVID-19 contact tracers and executing their schemes via telemarketing calls, text messages, social media platforms, and even door-to-door visits.

Know the facts: Contact tracers will never ask you for your social security number, immigration status, credit card number, bank account, or billing information. As vaccine distribution begins, know that you will not be asked for money to enhance your ranking for vaccine eligibility, nor will you be asked for personal information to secure a vaccination.

Protect yourself: Do not respond to calls or texts from unknown numbers, or any others that appear suspicious. Never share your personal or financial information via email, text messages, or over the phone. Be cautious if you’re being pressured to share any information or make a payment immediately. Remember that government agencies will never call you to ask for personal information or money. Do not click any links in a text message. If a friend sends you a text with a suspicious link that seems out of character, call them to make sure they weren’t hacked.

If you suspect you have been subject to COVID-19 health care fraud, report it immediately online or call 1-800-447-8477.   For more information, visit  OIG.HHS.GOV. 

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