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January 2021

Westchester County Department of  Consumer Protection Warns Against Covid-19 Vaccine Scams

The Westchester County Department of Consumer Protection is warning all Westchester residents to be vigilant for Covid-19 vaccine scams as we enter the next phase of the pandemic.

 

Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “There are vaccine scams out there. People may solicit you, may sound professional and look for money and information from you to get a vaccine. Don’t fall for it and don’t pay attention to it.”

Consumer Protection Director Jim Maisano said, “If you get a call, text, email or even someone knocking on door claiming they can get you early access to the vaccine, hang up, delete or close the door – stop all communication immediately. It's a scam every time.”

 

Tips for Westchester residents based tricks scammers are using:

 

- Vaccine is expected to be free.

 

- There are no sign-up lists for vaccine.

 

- You can't pay to get your vaccine earlier.

 

- Medicare or Social Security won't be calling you about getting your vaccine (scammers often act like they are calling from government agencies).

 

- You don't need to give out SSN, credit card or bank info before you are able to get vaccine.

 

“Also, beware of scammers or even salespeople offering to sell you unnecessary products, treatments or medicines to prevent the virus - always check with your doctor first,” Maisano added.

 

If you are contacted by someone looking to sell you early access to the vaccine, contact Westchester Consumer Protection at 914-995-2155 or at ConPro@westchestergov.com.