As Virginia enters phase 1b of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, senior citizens are potentially exposed to several emerging fraud schemes related to Medicare and COVID-19 vaccines.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services shares a few tips on identifying scams around Medicare & COVID-19 vaccines.
- COVID-19 vaccine
- COVID-19 tests
- COVID-19 antibody tests
- COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatments
Medicare covers the COVID-19 vaccine at no cost. So if anyone asks you to share your Medicare Number or pay for access to the vaccine, it’s a scam.
Scammers will ask you to pay a hefty fee to put your name on a list to get the vaccine or get early access to a vaccine.
If someone calls, texts, or emails you promising access to the vaccine for a fee, it’s a scam. Do not share your personal or financial information with anyone who claims to give you access.
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