With the growing concern over the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s surprising that scammers have already found a way to use this as an opportunity to con people. Earlier today, police departments around the country have released warnings about scammers taking advantage of this pandemic.
According to the reports, scammers have been making phone calls and tricking people into thinking they were from the CDC. The callers shared that they were looking for those interested to buy a COVID-19 vaccine. Once the scammer gains the trust of the caller, he asks for their credit card and Social Security numbers so that the individual can be part of the program.
On social media, police departments have warned individuals of such scams.
“There is no vaccine reserve program, and the CDC is not offering anything of the sort. Do not fall prey!” - Daly City Police Department’s Twitter page.
“People are texting or emailing claiming to be with the CDC and offering to let people ‘reserve a vaccine for the COVID-19’. Anyone receiving such a call should not under any circumstances give the caller any personal information or money. Thank you.” - Lucas County, Ohio’s Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page.
Right now, scientists around the globe are working hard at developing a cure for COVID-19. There is still no vaccine available yet and finding one could take a year. Once the vaccine becomes available, an official announcement could be made from the government. Be careful of such calls.
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