Chautauqua County Officials Warn Against COVID-19 Vaccination Scam

Submitted by gallagha on Fri, 12/18/2020 - 16:04


MAYVILLE, N.Y.:-- County officials are warning the public about a potential scam related to the COVID-19 Vaccine. As the vaccine rolls out nationwide, scammers are acting quickly to get personal and financial information. The vaccine will be rolled out in phases, and you cannot pay to get your name on a list to receive the vaccine and you cannot pay for early access.  Individuals will also not be contacted by the Health Department, Medicare, or their insurance company to request information such as their social security number in order to sign them up to receive the vaccine


If an individual contacts you making these promises or requesting this information, stop- it is a scam!  Please remember:

  • You should only get a vaccine from a trusted source such as your doctor.
  • Do not click on social media posts, texts, or email links selling cures.
  • Nobody will call you about the vaccine or request your social security number, Medicare number, bank account or credit card information.


Individuals who receive any such communication are encouraged to report it to their local police agency, NY Connects Helpline at (716) 753-4582, or the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at https://reportfraud.ftc.gov/ .


For more information on the latest scams visit the FTC website at  https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/scam-alerts or call NY Connects at (716) 753-4582.



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