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Feb 16

D.A. warns of COVID-19 vaccine scam

Posted on February 16, 2021 at 3:21 pm by Clay Curtin

As we continue to get through the pandemic and ensure safety protocols of wearing masks, social distancing and frequent hand-washing, be on the lookout for scams related to the distribution of COVID-19 vaccination. Scammers may try to exploit the uncertainty and anxiety associated with the COVID-19 pandemic to take people’s money or steal their identities. San Mateo County residents should be alert to potential scams.

  • Someone offers to move you into an earlier group to get the vaccine for a fee.
  • Someone tries to sell you a place on a COVID vaccine waiting list.
  • Someone on the street, online, on social media, or knocking on your door tries to sell you a shot of vaccine.
  • You get calls, texts or emails about the vaccine. The caller asks for your personal or financial information.
  • You see ads for fake vaccines or “miracle cures” using vitamins or other dietary supplements. Scammers promote these even though they have not been proven to work. 
Protect yourself and your loved ones from scams related to the COVID-19 vaccine. Get trusted information from your personal health care provider and San Mateo County and State public health officials.

A person who would like to report a COVID-19 related scam in San Mateo County should contact the District Attorney’s Office or call 650-363-4651.