COVID Vaccine Scams Already Popping Up on the Internet
The Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 is just now making its way to Western New York, and already scams are popping up that you should know about.
If you are one of the people who are excited to get the vaccine for COVID-19, be aware that it will not be available to the general public for quite some time. But that's not stopping scammers from trying to take advantage of an opportunity.
According to WGRZ, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz mentioned it in his briefing yesterday about the vaccine. He did say that so far, none of the scams are strictly in Western New York, but they are already being found on the internet.
"We've already heard of that on the internet, though we have not heard of any direct evidence of anything in Erie County itself. If you send direct money, you might as well be sending it to that old scam the Nigerian prince, or whatever, that's basically what it is. You're not going to get your money back because there is no place in the United States that is giving vaccine doses to be administered in a person's house by them." - Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz
The scam is pretty evident though. Essentially they will reach out to you on the internet and tell you that if you send X amount of money, they will send you a dose of the vaccine in the mail. Do not send any money for a vaccine through the mail.
If you receive an email or a call asking you to do so, they ask that you report them to the Erie County Consumer Protection Office.