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Posted on: January 27, 2021

COVID-19 Scams

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The Watertown Police Department received information regarding scams occurring in our state and all over the United States.  Scammers are using the coronavirus vaccines as a way to scam individuals out of personal information and money.   Below are some tips to prevent becoming a victim of a scam related to COVID-19. 

 You likely will not need to pay anything out of pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency. 

 You cannot pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine. 

 You cannot pay to get early access to the vaccine. 

 No one from a vaccine distribution site or health care payer will call you asking for your Social Security number or your credit card or bank account information to sign you up to get the vaccine. 

 Beware of providers offering other products, treatments, or medicines to prevent the virus. Check with your health care provider before paying for or receiving any COVID-19-related treatment. 

 Government and state officials will not call you to obtain personal information to receive the vaccine, and you will not be solicited door to door for the vaccine.   

 If you receive a suspicious call, hang up immediately. 

 Do not respond to or open hyperlinks in text messages about COVID-19 from unknown individuals.   

 Ignore offers or advertisements for COVID-19 testing or treatments on social media sites. If you make an appointment for a COVID-19 test online, make sure the location is an official testing site.   

 Verify the spelling of web addresses, websites, and email addresses that look trustworthy but may be imitations of legitimate websites. 

 Never provide personal information of any sort via email; be aware that many emails requesting your personal information may appear to be legitimate.

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