BBB Scam Alert: Consumers should prepare for scams ahead of the COVID-19 vaccine
The United States has approved the first COVID-19 vaccine, which, for many, means a chance to reunite with loved ones and a sense of normalcy. For scammers, a vaccine means an opportunity to steal from hopeful consumers. After using the pandemic to sell fake testing kits and promote fraudulent vaccine trials, BBB anticipates scammers will use the vaccine rollout to lure individuals into phishing scams or paying for fraudulent treatments.
Consumers may notice an increase in suspicious texts or emails claiming to have information about the vaccine in exchange for some personal information. Some may come across advertisements on social media or find letters in the mail informing them where they can purchase the vaccine. Before you open messages or ads regarding the COVID-19 vaccine, review these tips from your Better Business Bureau:
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