By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — FBI Pittsburgh is warning residents about potential signs of COVID-19 vaccine scams as the distribution process for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines have started in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
As COVID-19 vaccine distribution rolls out across the country, including in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, please read this bulletin about signs of potential scams. Protect yourself and your loved ones. https://t.co/j4tbiSblnF pic.twitter.com/WWLt8DHy3C
— FBI Pittsburgh (@FBIPittsburgh) December 24, 2020
The FBI says that potential signs of a scam include people asking you to pay out of pocket for the vaccine, people asking you to pay to put your name on a waiting list for the vaccine, people asking you to pay for early access to the vaccine, promises of a shipment of the vaccine for a price, and advertisements for vaccines from unclear sources.
There are specific hotlines for those affected by COVID-19 related fraud, and you can find the numbers for those here.