Our parents were right: Safety first. Especially when it comes to financial information. Fortunately we’ve got all the measures in place to keep your funds safe and secure, and plenty of helpful tips to share.
Here’s how you can protect yourself from financial and identity theft.
Beware of COVID-19 Vaccine Scams
With news of a COVID-19 vaccine, scammers are primed and ready to take advantage of consumers eager to get inoculated. Fraudsters are coaxing money and/or personal information from unwary individuals by promising quick access to the vaccine through texts, emails, letters, ads on social media, and even in-person visits.
Here are some tips to protect yourself from this latest scam:
- Fact check any information you receive about the vaccine, using official sources such as the Centers for Disease Control or the Food & Drug Administration. Go to www.Mass.Gov for information about the Massachusetts vaccine distribution plan.
- Know that you can neither pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine nor can you pay to get early access to the vaccine.
- Check with your health care provider prior to paying for, or receiving, any COVID-19 related treatment.
- Do not buy any kind of COVID-19 vaccine or treatment on the internet or from an online pharmacy.
- Do not give cash or any other form of payment or divulge personal, medical, or financial information to unsolicited or unknown parties. If you receive a call offering vaccines or treatment, hang up immediately.
- Ignore offers or advertisements for COVID-19 testing or treatments on social media sites.
Websites run by scammers can be persuasive. Check the URL and look for suspicious typos. If the information appears to be coming from a government website, the web address will end with .gov. The URL should also begin with “https,” which indicates a site is secure. For more information on COVID-19 scams, visit the following sites:
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