Federal agencies warning of emerging fraud schemes related to COVID-19 vaccines
On December 21, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a press release with comprehensive warnings to the public about several emerging fraud schemes related to COVID-19 vaccines.
Cybercriminals continue to manipulate the public’s interest in COVID-19 with a variety of schemes to steal personally identifiable information and money. Please be aware of the following potential indicators of fraudulent activity:
Advertisements or offers for quicker access to vaccines, a place on a vaccination waiting list, or similar offers through social media, email, calls, or texts.
Offers to ship vaccine to your home.
Unsolicited emails, calls, or texts claiming to be from your medical office, insurance company, or a COVID-19 vaccine center asking for personal information to determine eligibility, schedule you for the vaccine, or stating that you are required to receive the vaccine.
Federal agencies’ tips to avoid COVID-19 vaccine-related fraud:
Consult your state’s health department website for up-to-date information about authorized vaccine distribution channels and obtain a vaccine only through such channels.
Check the FDA’s website for current information about vaccine emergency use authorizations.
Consult your primary care physician before undergoing any vaccination.
Don’t share your personal or health information with anyone other than known and trusted medical professionals.
Check your medical bills and insurance explanation of benefits for any suspicious claims and promptly report any errors to your health insurance provider.
Follow guidance and recommendations from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention and other trusted medical professionals.
In addition to your normal incident response protocols, please contact CTREmergencyNotification@mass.gov with any incidents or suspected incidents of fraud or cyber-attacks or if you need assistance with internal controls.