Be Aware of COVID-19 Vaccine Fraud and Scams

With the widespread concern about finding and getting a vaccine, some scammers are looking for ways to steal money and gather personal information that can be sold for profit. While we are not aware of any vaccine-related scams that have victimized residents in Cambridge, there are reports of scammers taking money in exchange for fake COVID-19 vaccine reservations around the country. These types of scams are expected to increase, especially if demand is unable to be fulfilled.

Remember: No legitimate organizations will charge you for making a reservation.

Also, be wary of websites with pop-up ads for a vaccine appointment. In Massachusetts, as soon as the state’s new vaccination website went up -- https://www.mass.gov/covid-19-vaccine -- scam sites reportedly appeared as well. Make sure you are on a legitimate site before entering your personal information. Only follow links from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or other reputable sites.

To avoid COVID-19 vaccine fraud:

  • Consult the Massachusetts Department of Public Health website for up-to-date information about authorized vaccine distribution channels. 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 having any vaccination.
  • Don't share your personal or health information with anyone other than known, trusted medical professionals.

More information and tips to avoid scams are available from:

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Page was last modified on 3/21/2021 12:35 PM
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