As Biden’s administration is trying and putting effort to vaccinate more seniors and people against COVID-19, Federal Regulators are getting more complaints about scammers who will soon pivot their messaging around whatever dominates the news. They reported that scammers are sending messages that ask people to pay money upfront to get on a list to receive a vaccine. They also warned us to not click on links in text that arrive out of the blue and said, “anyone who asks for a payment to put you on a list, make an appointment for you, or reserve a spot in line is a scammer”.
COVID-19 Related Scams Have Been Reported In Different States According To Federal Regulators
As per the reports submitted by the US Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Federal Communications Commission, there are several ways scammers will use COVID-19 to target people. The scams they mentioned in the report include vaccine and treatment scams, shopping scams, medical scams, charity scams, phishing and malware scams, app scams, investment scams. Scammers may advertise fake cures, vaccines, and advice on unproven treatments for COVID-19, and they may create fake stores, eCommerce websites, social media accounts, and email addresses claiming to sell medical supplies currently in high demand. Scammers may call, send emails, and text messages to your phone and pretend to be doctors and hospitals that have treated a friend or relative for COVID-19 and demand payment for treatment. Sometimes they may ask for donations for people and groups affected by COVID-19. Phishing and malware attacks are also becoming popular and can be used to gain access to your computer or to steal your credentials.
Coronavirus scams are focused on selling fake testing products and supplies
An associate chief at the FCC Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Eduard Barthelme said that early coronavirus scams focused on selling fake testing products and supplies, and those scams are continuing. “But there is growing concern that more consumers will soon hear from con artists who are impersonating an insurance company or health department as part of the vaccination effort”, he added.
Scams have been reported in Michigan, Florida, and other states according to the reports from Federal Regulators. Officials said that this week itself two consumers complained that they were called by someone impersonating a public health worker who reportedly was trying to schedule an appointment. They ask for financial information and personal information that could later be used for theft. So experts had warned people not to disclose their credit card information, social security number, or bank account information in order to get an appointment for a vaccine. The crooks will ask you to verify personal and insurance information to book an appointment which isn’t necessary to take a vaccine. Officials asked people to call the non-emergency phone number for lour local police if they suspect a scam.