Vaccination Scams On The Rise As More Roll Out Across The Country

Wednesday, January 20th 2021, 5:19 pm
By: Kelsey Kernstine

Vaccination scams are on the rise across the nation, and as more vaccinations roll out, the Better Business Bureau anticipates a lot more scams.

"It's purely to take people’s money or information,” said Kitt Letcher with the BBB.

The Better Business Bureau said vaccine distribution is very methodical. It's a multi-phase approach, and cutting the line is not an option.

"When you have someone who calls and emails you, saying they I have a vaccine, it's available for this price, that should be a red flag," Letcher said.

Letcher said these tactics are built on urgency.

"We only have 10 available or 50 available or whatever that looks like and you have to commit to it today," she said of the scam.

That's when people give up their personal information and money, only to be scammed.

"There's no vaccine at the end of this,” Letcher said.

Getting your money back is not likely.

"Understand when someone calls you from a government agency, that should be a red flag,” Letcher said.

Letcher said the government won't call you and she urges people to check your banking and credit card transactions regularly.

"They are trying to make as much cash as they can,” she said.

Officials recommend whatever you do, don't give out your personal information unless it's a government secured website.

If you think you've been victim of a vaccine scam - the CDC has a link to track them here.

The Better Business Bureau is also hosting a “Thrive in the Pandemic” virtual workshop for businesses at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on January 28.

Here’s a link to join and learn more.