Avoid falling victim to COVID-19 scams

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As we enter the vaccination phase of COVID-19, it’s important to take steps to protect yourself and your clients from fraudulent activity.

Countless COVID-19 scams have circulated the internet since the pandemic began, and those are expected to ramp up even more now that a vaccine is on the market. These scams will likely target those hoping to receive a COVID-19 vaccination.

Luckily, these scams can be avoided through exercising caution. There are telltale signs to watch for that may indicate the person reaching out to you is deceptive.

When you receive emails, be on the lookout for:

  • Requests for personal information to fraudulently bill federal health care programs
  • Payments to jump the vaccination queue
  • Phishing attacks through fraudulent links on emails
  • Calls to vulnerable seniors offering non-existent treatments or services
  • Scammers pretending to be ‘contact tracers’ scaring people into providing personal or financial information

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