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How to watch out for scams as a coronavirus vaccine nears

Federal investigators have some tips to help people avoid being scammed in the coronavirus pandemic once a vaccine arrives and as treatments grow.


Homeland Security Investigations officials are preparing for a crush of new scams when the coronavirus vaccine is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which could come in a few weeks.

A few things to keep in mind to avoid falling victim:

  • Always consult a licensed medical professional to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine or treatment
  • Make sure your doctor has been approved to administer the vaccine.
  • Do not buy COVID-19 vaccines or treatments over the internet.
  • Do not buy COVID-19 vaccines or treatments through an online pharmacy.
  • Ignore large, unsolicited offers for vaccinations and miracle treatments or cures.
  • Don't respond to text messages, emails or calls about vaccines and treatments.
  • Be wary of ads for vaccines and treatments on social media and phishing emails and texts.
  • Any suspicious activity can be reported to: