Avoiding COVID-19 Vaccine Scams
Massachusetts is in the process of distributing the COVID-19 vaccine in a phased approach based on guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Be on the lookout for scams that promise to provide alternate ways of securing the vaccine.
What to watch for
Reports of COVID-19 vaccine scams generally involve people being offered the vaccine in exchange for a down payment or medical and personal information. Trusted sources such as the CDC, Mass.gov, or your doctor are the best resources for official information regarding the vaccine. We are also providing the latest information on our COVID-19 Vaccine Information article.
Be wary of messages or ads from unknown or suspicious sources. These can include phone calls, ads, text messages, social media messages, or other online messages that ask you to pay or provide personal information in order to:
- Get the vaccine
- Get early access to the vaccine
- Put your name on a vaccine waiting list
- Ship you doses of the vaccine
Your best defense against scams
Your best defense against scams is to be wary of offers from companies or sources you aren’t familiar with, especially if you are asked to provide personal information or payment. Any important information regarding the vaccine will come from a reputable source.
How to report concerns
If you believe you have been the victim of COVID-19 fraud, you can report it to:
- U.S Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General Hotline: 1-800-HHS-TIPS or tips.hhs.gov
- FBI Hotline: 1-800-CALL-FBI or ic3.gov
- CMS/Medicare Hotline: 1-800-MEDICARE
- Tufts Health Plan Fraud Hotline: 1-617-923-5498, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Fraud Hotline helps to answer questions, concerns, or complaints about possible health care fraud. (If you wish to report anonymously, please call the Tufts Health Plan Compliance and Fraud Hotline at 1-877-824-7123.)
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