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Scammers using excitement surrounding COVID-19 vaccine to target Michigan residents

COVID-19 vaccine scams have attention of Michigan attorney general

COVID-19 vaccine scams hit Michigan -- Who are they targeting and how to spot it
COVID-19 vaccine scams hit Michigan -- Who are they targeting and how to spot it

The delivery of COVID-19 vaccines in the state of Michigan is exciting and promising news for millions, but it’s also a call for scammers to try to capitalize on the moment.

Scams involving the COVID-19 vaccine have the attention of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.

The first Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses are rolling out to Michigan hospitals and clinics this week, and scammers know that.

Laura Blankenship, of the Better Business Bureau, said there have already been reports of seniors receiving bogus emails telling them they need to pay or offer personal information to get the vaccine.

That’s now how distribution of the vaccine will work, medical officials said.

Anyone who has questions about the vaccine or any suspicious contact about the distribution should contact a trusted medical professional.

You can watch the full Help Me Hank report in the video posted above.


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.

Derick is a Senior Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit and has been with Local 4 News since April 2013. Derick specializes in breaking news, crime and local sports.