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Vaccine Scams On The Rise!


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Hi all,

The good news first: The pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson got their vaccine approved for immediate roll-out by the FDA. The drug company Merck has also decided to work with J&J to help ramp up production. Now that there are three approved vaccines it's just a matter of time when we can all resume a somewhat normal lifestyle once again! It will still take a while but you can finally see a little light at the end of the tunnel regarding this pandemic.

The bad news: Some states have had problematic issues for people trying to find a place and/or schedule an appointment for administering the vaccine to qualified recipients at this time.

Scammers have taken notice of this too. There are increasing reports that people are receiving phone calls, text messages or emails claiming that 'for a fee' they can schedule an appointment for you to get the inoculation.

"Don't fall for this, when it's your turn you will be able to get the shot 'absolutely free' of charge!"

These scammers may ask or even demand that you first provide personal information such as your name, address, social security number, credit card or bank account information. This is just a ploy at identity theft or to drain you bank account or charge a bunch of stuff from your credit card account. What they sometimes will do is buy pre-paid gift cards from your account & send them out of the country. 

If you do receive one of these calls don't provide any personal information at all, just hang up! Also, if you receive a related text message or email just delete the thing & definitely don't click on any included attachments or links!

Actually you should apply this rule at all times! If you receive a text message or email from someone you don't know or a company you've never dealt with treat that with a great deal of suspicion!

If you're not sure when or where to get the vaccine in your state NBC News has created an informative web site you can use to find that information. https://www.nbcnews.com/specials/plan-your-vaccine/

Best wishes & stay healthy, Ritchie...

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