With the COVID Vaccine making its way across the United States, there is also a concern for possible scams. Several governments had to take action and warn the people because of the spread of fake treatments.
In the CNN article, “First came news of a vaccine. Now come the scams” the FBI states to CNN, “The FBI has received complaints of scammers using the public’s interest in COVID-19 vaccines to obtain personally identifiable information and monies through various schemes”
The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is working hard to identify the unapproved COVID-19 treatments and stop them from being manufactured and sold. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has handed out warning letters to the companies that are selling unapproved COVID-19 drugs and treatments that are falsely claiming that they can cure COVID-19.
“Selling fake vaccines and other treatments is likely only one of many ways scammers will try to cash in on the vaccine release,” the Better Business Bureau warned in a news release. “Watch out for phishing messages attempting to trick you into sharing your passwords and personal information.”Quoted from the CNN article, “First came news of a vaccine. Now come the scams”
What you can do to stay safe
The Better Business Bureau (BBB) has created a list of recommendations to help people identify scams. Some include checking with you personal doctor, ignoring “immediate action” calls, and double checking from reliable sources.
While it has been reported that over 2.9 million doses have been made for the COVID-19 vaccine in the United States, it is way too early to be handed out for mass distribution and are only being given to groups like healthcare workers.
However, this is not the first time we see scams relating to the pandemic. In the beginning, there were fake testing kits and scam calls urging for immediate action that have been reported many times. The best way to stay safe from these ongoing scams is to stay informed and do your research before relying on something a product claims it can do. If you are even the slightest bit skeptical about something, trust your gut and reach out to other reliable sources such as a doctor or other reliable sites to stay safe.