• By Shae King
  • Posted Monday, March 1, 2021

Avoiding Scams

In this period of uncertainty, becoming more aware of the possible scams is a great first step towards preventing them. If you spot a scam, always report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at reportfraud.ftc.gov.

Below are some popular scams to watch out for.

COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

With the new COVID-19 vaccine being launched out across the country, it really is important to be on alert for scams. Please be aware of scams providing early access to vaccination that charge a fee. Never share personal or financial information if someone you don’t know calls, texts or emails offering to get you the vaccination for a payment. Do keep in mind that Medicare is responsible for the cost of the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are also available free of charge to others throughout the nation, however providers may charge administration fees. Visit the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) for updates on the COVID-19 vaccine.
If you spot a scam, always report it to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/#/

COVID-19 Cure, Air Filters, and Testing Scams

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued warnings of a large range of scams relating to test kits, cures or treatments, and air filter devices intended to remove COVID-19 from the air in your house. If you get a phone call, an email, a text message, or a letter pretending to sell you some of these things, it’s a scam. Always remember that testing is available through your local and state governments as well as your medical provider.
Visit the https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for updates on the COVID-19 vaccine.

Fake Coronavirus-Related Charity Scams

According to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), charity scams are defined as a thief who poses as someone connected to a real charity to try and get money from you. This person may also come up with a fake charity name that sounds real as well. Be mindful of any charity that calls and asks for monetary donations. Also be aware of any calls about a follow-up donation pledge that you forgot to make, this is another possible attempt to scam you. If you decide to donate to any charity, always visit that organization's website first to ensure you are donating to the correct organization.

COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

For more information on how to avoid scams, view Resources to Help You Avoid Scams by Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

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