As the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out continues, it’s important to be on the lookout for scams. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FINCEN) recently issued a new warning about vaccine scams:
- Beware of scams offering early access to vaccines for a fee.
- Keep an eye out for phishing scams where scammers email or text you with phony vaccine information.
- Steer clear of scammers trying to sell fake versions of vaccines.
Here are the facts:
- You can’t pay to get early access to the vaccine.
- Medicare covers the cost of the COVID-19 vaccine. COVID-19 vaccines are also free to others throughout the country, although providers may charge an administration fee.
- Don’t share your personal or financial information if someone calls, texts, or emails you promising to get you the vaccine for a fee.
For the latest vaccine updates, check with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). To learn more about how to manage your finances during the pandemic, visit consumerfinance.gov/coronavirus. For tips on how to avoid common scams, check out the CFPB’s fraud prevention resources.
Oklahoma has launched a new website portal to help you determine when you’re eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination.
A few notes: You’ll have to provide some information, including
- Demographic Details
- Medical History
- COVID History
- Contact Information
Something you absolutely do not have to provide? Your bank account, credit card number, or any payment of any sort. If you’ve provided your bank account or other financial information to anyone calling about a vaccine appointment, please let us know immediately so we can alert the fraud department. (918) 245-1301.