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Fraud Alert: COVID-19 Scams

COVID-19 fraud is rapidly evolving. This page is frequently updated.

Last updated: August 9, 2021

Protect Yourself

  • Do not buy fake vaccine cards, do not make your own vaccine cards,
  • and do not fill-in blank vaccination record cards with false information.
  • The the unauthorized use of an official government agency’s logo or seal is a crime.
  • As volunteers go door-to-door to inform communities across the country about COVID-19 vaccines,
  • be sure to protect yourself from criminals who are seeking to commit fraud.
  • Do not provide personal, medical, or financial details to anyone in exchange for vaccine information,
  • and obtain vaccinations from trusted providers.
  • Offers to purchase COVID-19 vaccination cards are scams. Valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination can
  • only be provided to individuals by legitimate providers administering vaccines.
  • Be cautious of COVID-19 survey scams. Do not give your personal, medical, or financial information
  • to anyone claiming to offer money or gifts in exchange for your participation in a COVID-19 vaccine survey.
  • Be mindful of how you dispose of COVID-19 materials such as syringes, vials, vial container boxes,
  • vaccination record cards, and shipment or tracking records.
  • Improper disposal of these items could be used by bad actors to commit fraud.
  • Photos of COVID-19 vaccination cards should not be shared on social media. Posting content that
  • includes your date of birth, health care details or other personally identifiable information can be used to steal your identity.
  • Beneficiaries should be cautious of unsolicited requests for their personal, medical, and financial information.
  • Medicare will not call beneficiaries to offer COVID-19 related products, services, or benefit review.
  • Be suspicious of any unexpected calls or visitors offering COVID-19 tests or supplies.
  • If you receive a suspicious call, hang up immediately.
  • Do not respond to, or open hyperlinks in, text messages about COVID-19 from unknown individuals.
  • Ignore offers or advertisements for COVID-19 testing or treatments on social media sites.
  • If you make an appointment for a COVID-19 test online, make sure the location is an official testing site.
  • Do not give your personal or financial information to anyone claiming to offer HHS grants related to COVID-19.
  • Be aware of scammers pretending to be COVID-19 contact tracers.
  • Legitimate contact tracers will never ask for your Medicare number, financial information,
  • or attempt to set up a COVID-19 test for you and collect payment information for the test.
  • If you suspect COVID-19 health care fraud, report it immediately online or call 800-HHS-TIPS (800-447-8477).

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