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FBI releases COVID-19 vaccine scam warning signs

Tips to avoid getting scammed and what to do if you have
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Posted at 3:59 PM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 16:59:48-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Now that COVID-19 vaccines are being administered to some individuals, the FBI has put out a list of red flags for people to be aware of.

They are:

  • You are asked to pay out of pocket to get the vaccine.
  • You are asked to pay to put your name on a vaccine waiting list or to get early access.
  • Advertisements for vaccines through social media platforms, email, telephone calls, online, or from unsolicited/unknown sources.
  • Marketers offering to sell or ship doses of the vaccine for payment.

If you believe you’re a victim of COVID-19 vaccine fraud, immediately report it to:

  • HHS-OIG Hotline: 1-800-HHS-TIPS | tips.hhs.gov
  • FBI Hotline: 1-800-CALL-FBI | ic3.gov
  • CMS/Medicare Hotline: 1-800-MEDICARE

    In addition, the FBI said you should never give out personal information to unknown sources.

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