Avoiding COVID-19 Vaccine Scams

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I was on the Dr Oz show discussing Covid-Vaccine Scams. There’s no “low” for scammers. Even in death, they wish to exploit their victims.

People are working around the clock to get the COVID-19 vaccine out to the masses. Others are working around the clock, too: scammers.

Here are some of the most common COVID-19 vaccine scams out there and how you can avoid them:

Scams with COVID-19 Vaccine Copays

One of the scams to look out for is the co-pay scam. The US government is working to make the vaccine free for American citizens, so you should never, ever pay for a co-pay unless there is some other type of administration fee. However, you should only pay this at the time you get the vaccine.

Scams Offering Alternative Cures

 There are also an increasing number of alternative “cures” out there, i.e. products that claim they kill viruses. These just don’t work. Instead, social distance, avoid gathering with other people, wash your hands, and wear a mask.

Scams Offering a Place on a Vaccine List

If you have recently gotten a call, email, or text asking to add your name to a list to get the vaccine sooner…for a fee…this is a scam. There is no “paid waiting list” for the vaccine, technically, but sometimes you can pre-register depending on where you live. Never, ever pay to get on a list for this vaccine.

Scams Asking for Personal Information

There are also scammers out there that are targeting people’s personal information. Basically, you might get a text, email or call from someone claiming they will get an appointment for you to get the vaccine…but really, this is just to get your personal info like your Social Security number so they can steal your identity. Don’t give your info out to anyone!

Scams Claiming You Can “Jump the Line”

We all have to wait our turns to get the vaccine, so you shouldn’t jump at an offer to move ahead of the line. Your local health officials will post schedules online, and you might even be able to use an interactive checker to see when your turn might be.

You might be wondering when you might be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. It will depend on a number of factors including your occupation, your age, your health status, and even where you live. Health care workers are slated to get the vaccine first, followed by those who live and work in long-term care facilities. Other people who will get priority for the vaccine include essential workers, people with underlying health conditions, and adults who are older. It is estimated that the vaccine will not be available to the “general adult” population until late spring or the summer of 2021, or even later. So, keep practicing safe habits, and watch out for scams.

Written by Robert Siciliano, CEO of Credit Parent, Head of Training & Security Awareness Expert at Protect Now, #1 Best Selling Amazon author, Media Personality & Architect of CSI Protection Certification.

Comments (15)

Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

It is hard to believe that people would run scams on life and death issues.  Thank you for the warnings.

Feb 11, 2021 11:39 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hello Robert... these scammers never fail to appal me with how quickly they get their scams out there. Shame that so many people fall for them.

Feb 11, 2021 02:32 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Robert- While I've seen posts about these scams, your post is easier to understand. It's such a shame that there are people out there who continue to prey on others. 


Feb 11, 2021 06:50 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


This is all good to know about. There seems to be no end to what scammers wul try to do..and no doubt there are plenty of people who fall for this stuff.


Feb 11, 2021 08:15 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

It is a shame the depths to which some folks will go to exploit others.

Feb 12, 2021 06:54 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Feb 13, 2021 06:35 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Robert. Not sure which is worse the politicians playing god or the scammers. Guess it may depend on where you live. Enjoy your day.

Feb 14, 2021 05:36 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Robert Siciliano - I am full of scams that I delete but I haven't seen that one yet.

Feb 14, 2021 05:40 AM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

On the other side, not scamming but doing a lot of damage, are those who try to talk you out of getting the vaccine through fear mongering.  Talk to your doctor if you have concerns. 

Feb 14, 2021 12:24 PM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Robert Siciliano  Always read your posts -I did miss this one - so glad Kathy Streib  as I have been busy last week 

Feb 14, 2021 01:45 PM
Bruce Hicks
Best Homes Hawaii - Honolulu, HI
Your Best Hawaii Realtor!

It is always SCUM running SCAMS Robert Siciliano . It's unbeliveable how many emails we get poping up daily.😝

Feb 15, 2021 08:31 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Scammers will take advanatage of anything and anyone. I just hope folks pay attention to don't waste their money on this junk.

Feb 15, 2021 10:00 AM
Rose O'Reilly
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Townhomes, Seniors,7 Oaks, Oaks North, single fami

Thank you, Robert.  That's a new low for these scammers.

Feb 15, 2021 10:49 PM
Melissa Jackson
Century 21 Alliance Properties - Azle, TX
Helping You Make The Right Move

Thank you for sharing this information.  Sometimes I hear of a scam and wonder why these people that got scammed don't do research.  I never give personal information if I did not reach out first. 

Feb 19, 2021 12:11 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Great information.  Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!

Jun 13, 2021 07:16 AM