COVID Scams

January 20, 2021

Be alert:

  • No one from a legitimate vaccine distribution site will ever ask for your Social Security number or bank information in order to receive a vaccine.
  • You will never have to pay to get early access to the vaccine.
  • While you may be asked to provide health insurance information when you receive the vaccine, you do not need health insurance to receive the vaccine. 
  • You will never be asked to pay to put your name on a list to receive the vaccine.

Scammers may pose online as legitimate businesses or organizations in an effort to steal personal or financial information.

  • Make sure that emails related to the vaccine are coming from legitimate sources before clicking links or opening attachments.
  • When providing personal information, double check the URL to ensure it is legitimate. 

There are currently a limited number of federally approved vaccines and treatments. Avoid those offering a "miracle cure" treatment or medication that claims to prevent the virus.

If you become aware of a vaccine-related scam or believe you or someone you love may be the victim of a scam, you should file a complaint with state and local authorities. Suspected fraud or business-related scams can be reported to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection by visiting ct.gov/DCP or sending an email to dcp.complaints@ct.gov. Suspicious activities related to vaccine distribution practices or concerns for public health can be reported to local law enforcement or local public health officials.