Someone is trying to use the COVID-19[female[feminine vaccine to try to defraud unsuspecting people over the phone. The scam is linked to appointments for vaccines.
Oakland County sends this warning to anyone who might receive a phone like this. The caller first asks people questions in order to schedule an appointment for a vaccine. The caller then asks for personal and financial information, which you will never be asked to give to health officials.
“Oakland County will never ask for any financial information, including credit card or Social Security numbers,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, Oakland County Health Officer. “If you are unsure if this is a scam, avoid sharing personal information over the phone and report it to the authorities.”
If you get a call like this and think it’s a scam or think you may have become a victim, you can report it by calling your local police department’s non-urgent phone number or through the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office at 248-858-4950. .
You can inquire about scheduling an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine via Oakland County by calling 800-848-5533 or by Click here.
Here is a list of COVID-19 vaccine locations across Michigan. The Michigan COVID hotline number is: 888-535-6136.
Here are some tips to avoid being scammed:
- Make a list of contact information for family members, close friends, health care providers, or anyone who might call regularly. This will help you know if the call is legitimate.
- Let a call go to voicemail if you don’t recognize a phone number. Scammers rarely leave messages.
- Hang up if a stranger asks for personal or financial information. It is okay to hang up.
- Remember that government agencies will always identify themselves.
- Do not share personal information such as your social security number with anyone over the phone.
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