USA | Scammers are taking advantage of the COVID-19 vaccination release, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The FDA released several warning letters to companies attempting to sell illegitimate products.
Be aware of the warning signs of vaccination scams.
Here’s what you should know:
- You cannot pay to put your name on a vaccination waiting list.
- You cannot pay to receive the vaccine early.
- Offers for home vaccinations are illegitimate.
- Legitimate sources will not call, text or email you about the vaccine and ask for personal information such as your social security number (SSN), Medicare number, home address, bank account numbers, or credit card numbers.
- Calls, texts, emails and websites dedicated to early vaccine access are not legitimate.
- At the time of publication, there are only three FDA-approved and recommended COVID-19 vaccines (there are two others in trial phases):
- Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
- Moderna COVID-19 vaccine
- Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine