FBI warns of scammers targeting people who want COVID-19 vaccine

FBI warns of scammers targeting people who want COVID-19 vaccine

PITTSBURGH — Since the pandemic began last March, the anticipation of a vaccine has been growing.

Now that it’s here, scammers are targeting those eager to get in line.

“There are a lot of questions people have. ‘When do I get it? How do I get it?’ Scammers are going to try to jump in and answer those questions for people,” said FBI Pittsburgh Assistant Special Agent In Charge Doug Olson.

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Further complicating matters, each state has its own separate rollout plan for the vaccine, creating confusion for some people.

Olson said that creates a window of opportunity for scammers.

The FBI advises never to give information by phone or email to someone you don’t know.

Also, pay attention to where you’re getting vaccine information from.

Health care providers, state and local health departments, and in some cases your employer, will have the most up-to-date information on when you’re eligible to be vaccinated.

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