DA warns of COVID-19 vaccine scams after seniors targeted

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Reports about COVID-19 vaccine scams targeting seniors in San Mateo County prompted a warning Thursday from the County’s district attorney.

According to District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, County residents should be alert to potential scams, including someone offering to move you into an earlier group to get the vaccine for a fee; someone trying to sell you a place on a COVID vaccine waiting list; someone on the street, online, on social media, or knocking on your door trying to sell you a shot of vaccine; or someone calling, texting or emailing about the vaccine and requesting personal or financial information.

Also avoid ads for fake vaccines or miracle cures using vitamins or other dietary supplements, Wagstaffe said.

“The FDA has issued warning letters to many companies for selling products that claim to prevent, treat, or cure COVID-19,” the district attorney said.

Anyone offering vaccines that is not your doctor, a healthcare clinic, pharmacy or County health care providers, think twice and check with your doctor.

“Residents and businesses can protect themselves from becoming victims of COVID -19 related scams by relying on vaccine and other medical information only from trusted sources, such as their personal health care providers and county, state and federal public health officials,” Wagstaffe said.

Anyone who suspects  COVID-19-related scam in San Mateo County should contact the District Attorney’s Office by calling (650) 363-4651 or at this website or calling the local police department.

Photo credit: San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office