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Nebraska AG & DHHS warn of COVID-19 vaccine scams

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Posted at 11:20 AM, Jan 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-05 12:36:58-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Many Nebraskans are excited about COVID-19 vaccines that are now being used but Nebraska’s Attorney General and Department of Health and Human Services CEO Danette Smith say be skeptical to avoid being scammed.

“Even though the COVID-19 vaccines have only been available for a short time, fraud schemes are already popping up across the nation, seeking information such as credit card numbers or personal health information,” said Smith.

There are warning signs to be on the lookout for they said, such as:

  • Advertisements and communications touting fake vaccines and therapies. Only the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) can approve the vaccines. Rely on information from the FDA concerning approved drugs and vaccines.
  • Unsolicited emails, text messages, or phone calls offering to sell vaccinations or other types of treatment. The COVID-19 vaccine is free, except for the cost of administering the injection.
  • Unsolicited communications from non-official sources offering to set up appointments for the vaccination, especially if you are asked to provide payment or personal information.

“Be careful with your personal information, such as credit card numbers, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid numbers or health insurance policy information,” Peterson stated. “Rely on your own health care practitioners for accurate information rather than unknown and unverified sources.”

You can report scams to the Petersen’s office at https://protectthegoodlife.nebraska.gov/, by email at ago.medicaid.fraud@nebraska.gov or by calling (402) 471-2683.

See also: FBI warns of COVID vaccine scams

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