Officials Warn Montanans to Watch for COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – Officials are warning Montanans to be on the lookout for COVID-19 vaccine scams.

Marci Bergren of the Hill County Council on Aging says several of these scams have been reported throughout the state.

“They have phone scams. There are scams on TV that tell you you have to contact this number and they’ll get your information. What they are looking for is your Social Security and Medicare information. You will not here from them again, but they will have information that will hurt you because you’ll be billed for things that you aren’t getting or won’t be able to get them in the future if you need them. There are different phone scams saying they can move you to the front of the line, they can get you additional healthcare. There are also unsolicited emails. Sometimes, people are even getting personal contacts saying that they can help you get the COVID vaccine or something like this. Do not believe them, please.”

Bergren says some of these scams are extremely aggressive, and believes they could get even more forceful as the year continues.

“I don’t think they are going to quit anytime soon. They are going to go after anything to try and get you to give your information so they can get that information to use for themselves.”

Please remember that you cannot pay to get early access to the vaccine, you cannot pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine, and vaccine distributors will never ask for your Social Security number or financial information in order to get the vaccine.

If you suspect you have received one of these scams, contact the Hill County Senior Center or other local authorities.

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