With coronavirus vaccines approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and approaching public availability, there are potential fraudsters who will try to take advantage of the rush.
To highlight the potential for vaccine-related fraud, the International Criminal Police Organization issued a global warning revealing that more than half contained cyber threats, including phishing and spamming, malicious software.
Everyone must be on standby. Frauds can try to exploit the sense of urgency surrounding the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to deceive those trying to protect their health.
Do not respond to vaccine requests. Once a vaccine has been approved and is available to the public, availability will be announced by federal and state agencies, with clear priority levels and guidelines for distribution.
Never send money or financial information to anyone who offers a COVID-19 vaccine or claims the ability to speed up the process. Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayers will be provided free of charge; However, vaccination providers will be able to charge an administration fee. Vaccine providers can have this fee reimbursed by the patient's public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration & # 39 ;s Provider Relief Fund.
See these frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccination from the CDC (Center for Disease) Control and Prevention.
Report suspicious calls or COVID-19 vaccine-related advertisements to the Office of the Attorney General by calling 1 (866) 9NO-SCAM or your local authorities.
International Criminal Police Organization
Florida Department of Insurance
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
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