Scammers look to take advantage of people who want COVID-19 vaccine

Scammers want money, personal information

Be prepared: Scammers looking to take advantage of COVID-19 vaccine

DETROIT – With the Pfizer vaccine potentially getting emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, scammers are already lined up ready and waiting.

Scammers want to trick people to get their money and personal information. People have already reported being targeted.

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“A big day as the first COVID-19 vaccine administered in the UK,” Melanie Duquesnel with the Better Business Bureau said. “A big day for healthcare, and a big day for scammers who are already looking to make their move.”

Some people are already receiving calls and emails telling people if they want the vaccine they’re going to need to pay up. That’s not how it works. Scam emails are circulating asking for personal information. Ignore them.

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Scammers have been focusing on senior citizens since the pandemic started with either fake testing, equipment or price gouging. They typically target potential victims via email or text messages.

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About the Authors:

Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.