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Avoid Coronavirus Scams


This resource from the Federal Trade Commission provides information on avoiding Coronavirus scams.

This website from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides information for consumers about the coronavirus. Specific information about avoiding scams is provided, including links to additional resources and information.

Covid 19 virus design in bright blue. A deadly virus outbreak from China or often called the corona virus.

Some of the information for avoiding scams include:

    • COVID-19 vaccines are free. If anyone charges you for help signing up or the shot itself, it’s a scam.
    • You can’t buy the COVID-19 vaccine anywhere. It’s only available at federal- and state-approved locations.
    • Always talk with your doctor or healthcare professional before you try any product claiming to treat, prevent, or cure COVID-19.
    • Don’t post your vaccination card to your social media account. Someone could use the information for identity theft.
    • Right now, there are no official plans to create a national vaccine verification app or certificate or passport.
    • If someone asks you for personal information or money to get a national vaccine certificate or passport, that’s a scam.
    • Contact your state government about its vaccine verification plans and requirements.
    • Check with airlines, cruise lines, and event venues about their vaccine verification or negative testing requirements.
    • When you’re looking for pandemic-related help, start with sites like coronavirus.gov and usa.gov/coronavirus.


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