South Carolina Emergency Management and DHEC issued a warning about scams related to COVID-19 vaccines.
Derrec Becker, with South Carolina Emergency Management, said that there are people attempting to steal people’s identity by calling or sending a text asking a person to verify their personal details and then taking it a step further by saying they could guarantee someone a place in line, or even skip the wait with just the exchange of a credit card.
“Anything from offering a cure that doesn’t exist to ‘we can assure you a place in line if you pay us a certain amount of money.’ It’s fraud, it’s a complete scam,” Becker said.
Officials are urging the public not to entertain any calls or text asking to verify your personal information or any offer to spot ahead and only share any sort of information when you are actually making an appointment with a health care provider to actually receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
“When you know it’s not right, trust your instincts on that,” Becker said.
If you have been a victim of this scam, report it immediately to local law enforcement or visit https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/ to report fraud.