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FCC Warns of Large-Scale COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

04.09.21

The Federal Communications Commission warns that many within the United States are falling victim to scams concerning the COVID-19 vaccine. Many cybercriminals are using COVID-19 vaccine scams to gain access to your personal information and valuable

FCC Warns of Large-Scale COVID-19 Vaccine Scams


April 9, 2021


The Federal Communications Commission warns that many within the United States are falling victim to scams concerning the COVID-19 vaccine. Many cybercriminals are using COVID-19 vaccine scams to gain access to your personal information and valuable assets. 

The FCC states that “With distribution of COVID-19 vaccines approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration underway, scammers are trying to capitalize on the rollout. Vaccination plans will vary across state and local governments. Check with your state or local health department to learn when and how to get the COVID-19 vaccine. “

 

FCC states 5 major points to be aware of concerning the COVID-19 vaccine scams.

  1.  Don't pay to sign up for the vaccine. 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.

  2.  Ignore sales ads for the COVID-19 vaccine.You can't buy it – anywhere, including online pharmacies. The vaccine is only available at federal- and state-approved locations, such as vaccination centers and pharmacies.

  3.   Watch for unexpected or unusual texts. Don't click on links in text messages – especially messages you didn't expect. If your health care provider or pharmacist has used text messages to contact you in the past, you might get a text from them about the vaccine. If you get a text, call your healthcare provider or pharmacist directly to make sure they sent the text. Scammers are texting, too.

  4.   Don't open emails, attachments, or links from people you don't know, or that come unexpectedly. You could download dangerous malware onto your computer or phone.

  5.  Don't share your personal, financial, or health information with people you don't know. No one from a vaccine distribution site, health care provider's office, pharmacy, health insurance company or Medicare, will call, text, or email you asking for your Social Security, credit card, or bank account number to sign you up to get the vaccine.


The FCC states that one final point of information is that “… you can't pay to skip the line, reserve your spot, or join a critical trial.” The FCC also states that you will never be asked for your social security number, financial details or insurance information to reserve your spot for a COVID-19 vaccine.


If you or your business have been a victim of a COVID-19 vaccine related hack. Synergy Infosec is here to help with 24/7 nonjudgmental cybersecurity consultants. We are happy to help you and/or your business get things back in order after a hack.

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