No matter what the situation, scammers will go to great lengths in taking advantage of people.
That’s why law enforcement agencies are vigilant in warning people about these thieves – especially now with another “opportunity” on the way for these criminals to hunt for victims.
As the country moves closer toward having an FDA-approved vaccine for COVID-19, Attorney General Mark Herring is urging Virginians to be wary of any vaccine-related scams.
Scams could include selling medications, treatments or vaccines that purport to prevent or cure the coronavirus.
“Unfortunately, scammers will take advantage of Virginians’ excitement over the prospect of an effective vaccine just to make a buck. I know Virginians are tired and ready to get their lives back to normal, but I want to urge everyone to be wary of any too good to be true COVID vaccine offers,” Herring said in a news release. “Once distribution begins there will be strict protocols for receiving it. I want to urge all Virginians to remain vigilant and make sure you do your research before giving your money to anyone purporting to be selling a COVID vaccine or treatment.”
A few things to remember and look out for to avoid becoming the victim of a COVID vaccine-related scam:
- Always make sure that you consult a medical professional or a doctor in order to get the COVID-19 vaccine or treatment
- Do not buy any kind of COVID-19 vaccine or treatment over the internet or through an online pharmacy
- Make sure that your doctor or physician is approved to administer any kind of COVID-19 vaccine or treatment
- Ignore any unsolicited or “too good to be true” offers for vaccines, miracle cures, or treatments
- Be wary of any online ads you may see for COVID-19 vaccines or treatments on social media
- Do not respond to any unsolicited emails, text messages, or calls that are offering any kind of COVID-19 vaccine or treatment
- Always talk with your doctor or another healthcare professional before you try any product claiming to treat, cure, or prevent COVID-19
- Head to govfor clear and concise information on COVID-19. Additionally, visit the FDA’s Resources page to find out about treatments in development
Virginians who have any questions or concerns or believe they may have been the victim of a COVID vaccine related scam should reach out to Herring’s Consumer Protection Section:
- By phone: 800-552-9963
- By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Online Complaint Form
- Online Contact Form
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