Police, FCC Warn of COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

Takoma Park Police and the Federal Communications Commission are warning residents of scammers preying on consumers during the pandemic trying to capitalize on the COVID-19 vaccines, according to an emailed community advisory.

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the United States, the FCC has learned of scam text-message campaigns and robocalls that prey on virus-related fears,” a statement from the FCC reads.

The FCC has also shared the following tips for avoiding COVID-19 Scams:

  • Do not respond to calls or texts from unknown numbers, or any others that appear suspicious.
  • Never share your personal or financial information via email, text messages, or over the phone.
  • Be cautious if you’re being pressured to share any information or make a payment immediately.
  • Scammers often spoof phone numbers to trick you into answering or responding. Remember that government agencies will never call you to ask for personal information or money.
  • Do not click any links in a text message. If a friend sends you a text with a suspicious link that seems out of character, call them to make sure they weren’t hacked.
  • Always check on a charity (for example, by calling or looking at its actual website) before donating. (Learn more about charity scams.)

If you think you’ve been a victim of a coronavirus scam, contact law enforcement immediately. Coronavirus scam complaints can be filed online with the Federal Trade Commission.

The FCC has continued to process informal consumer complaints throughout the pandemic. View data, by category, for informal consumer complaints related to COVID-19 and the Keep Americans Connected Pledge. Learn more about the FCC response to the pandemic at fcc.gov/coronavirus.

“The scam truck” by jepoirrier is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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