4 types of COVID-19 vaccine scams circulating in Michigan and how they work

Dana Nessel says residents should not buy treatment or vaccines online

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel at a Dec. 15, 2020, COVID-19 press briefing.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel at a Dec. 15, 2020, COVID-19 press briefing. (WDIV)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s attorney general outlined four specific types of COVID-19 vaccine scams circulating in the state and explained how they’re targeting residents.

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Attorney General Dana Nessel joined Gov. Gretchen Whitmer during Tuesday’s briefing to warn Michiganders about scammers looking to capitalize on the COVID-19 vaccine excitement.

“Let me give you an example of some common scams for people to be aware of,” Nessel said.

She listed the following:

  • Promises to get the vaccine very quickly.
  • So-called treatments that include pills, herbal teas or essential oils.
  • Personal testimonials that are given instead of scientific evidence about one vaccine versus another.
  • Social media messages, texts or emails about qualifying for clinical trials that claim you can make money.

“Advertisers offer thousands of dollars to participate, but then what they’ll do is they’ll ask you for money or they’ll ask you for personal information up front, and then they’ll include a link for you to download a pamphlet or whatever, which will then open the door to malware on whatever device you’re using,” Nessel said.

Nessel advised residents not to buy treatment or vaccines online.


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