Key Takeaways

  • Phone and online scams have been on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic. The fraud has infiltrated everything from vaccines to contact tracing.
  • COVID-19 vaccines are free. You cannot buy the COVID-19 vaccine anywhere. It’s only available at federal- and state-approved locations. If anyone charges you for help signing up or the shot itself, it’s a scam.
  • Do not post your vaccination card on your social media accounts. Your information could be used for identity theft or to create forged cards for people who have not been vaccinated. If someone asks you for personal information or money to get a national vaccine certificate or passport, it’s a scam.

On August 6, the World Health Organization (WHO) sent out an advisory warning the public to be wary of fraudulent letters that promised a $1 million pandemic-related lottery prize from the WHO, the International Monetary Fund, and the Bill & Melinda Gates…

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