HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Ned Lamont and Connecticut Attorney General William Tong are warning residents of the many ways scammers are trying to take advantage of those seeking the COVID-19 vaccine.
The Office of the Attorney General and the state Department of Consumer Protection have discovered these new scams consumers need to watch out for:
- Fraudsters posing as COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers Moderna and Pfizer have sent consumers a survey offering rewards for their opinions on the vaccine. In return, consumers are asked to provide credit card information. State officials warn that this is a scam to rip people off.
- Some fraudsters have impersonated the governor’s office, sending letters to consumers, suggesting the vaccine is dangerous and directing them to websites with more misinformation. Health officials say the COVID-19 vaccine has been medically proven to be safe and effective, and consumers are asked not to click on those links; they may be set up to steal personal information.
- Scammers posing as vaccinators may ask for sensitive information, like a Social Security number or bank information. Consumers will never be asked for this information to receive the vaccine.
State officials said consumers do not need to pay anything to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine or pay for the appointment. The vaccine is only being offered at federal and state-approved locations at no cost to anyone.
Consumers are also asked to refrain from sharing personal, financial or medical information with unfamiliar people. Health care providers and authorized vaccine providers will not contact consumers for a Social Security number, credit card number or bank account number in connection to the vaccine.
If you receive any suspicious emails concerning the vaccine, contact your healthcare or vaccine provider.
You can report vaccine-related scams or suspicious practices to local law enforcement or local public health officials. You can also contact the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection by emailing them at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Office of the Attorney General at (860) 808-5318 or email@example.com.