COVID-19 Testing Scam Warning!

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about fraud schemes related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Scammers are using telemarketing calls, text messages, social media platforms, and door-to-door visits to perpetrate COVID-19-related scams.

Fraudsters are offering COVID-19 tests, HHS grants, and Medicare prescription cards in exchange for personal details, including Medicare information. However, these services are unapproved and illegitimate.

These scammers use the coronavirus pandemic to benefit themselves, and beneficiaries face potential harm. The personal information collected can be used to fraudulently bill federal health care programs and commit medical identity theft.

Protect Yourself

COVID-19 Vaccine Scam Warning!

Please educate your friends and family members on the following information to prevent them from becoming victims of these terrible scams.

*You likely will not need to pay anything out of pocket to get the vaccine during this public health emergency.

*You cannot pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine.

*You cannot pay to get early access to the vaccine.

*No one from Medicare or the Health Department will contact you.

*No one from a vaccine distribution site or health care payer, like a private insurance company, will call you asking for your Social Security number or your credit card or bank account information to sign you up to get the vaccine.

*Beware of providers offering other products, treatments, or medicines to prevent the virus.

Check with your health care provider before paying for or receiving any COVID-19-related treatment.

If you get a call, text, email — or even someone knocking on your door — claiming they can get you early access to the vaccine, STOP! It is a SCAM!