Protect yourself against COVID-19 vaccine scams

As COVID-19 vaccine distribution begins, Sheriff Carmine Marceno wants you to be aware of emerging fraud schemes:

  •  You are asked to pay out of pocket to get the vaccine.
  • You are asked to pay to put your name on a vaccine waiting list or to get early access.
  • Advertisements for vaccines through social media platforms, email, telephone calls, online, or from unsolicited/unknown sources.
  • Marketers offering to sell or ship doses of the vaccine for payment.
  • Requests from someone you do not know asking for your social security number, bank account information or credit card information.

 If you believe you have been the victim of COVID-19 fraud, immediately report it to:

 

  • Lee County Sheriff’s Office fraud line – 258-3292
  • HHS-OIG Hotline: 1-800-HHS-TIPS | tips.hhs.gov
  • FBI Hotline: 1-800-CALL-FBI | ic3.gov
  • CMS/Medicare Hotline: 1-800-MEDICARE