COVID-19 vaccination scam: Latest way scammers are targeting the public

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — City leaders and health experts in Lawrence issued a warning after scammers targeted people who hoped to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

According to tweets from Douglas County and the city of Lawrence, scammers are calling people and asking for personal information, like social security numbers and credit card information.

Scammers claim the information is needed to reserve a place in line at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

In a tweet, Lawrence Memorial Hospital reminded everyone that it’s not possible to pay to put your name on a list for the vaccine, or to get early access to the vaccine.

If you believe you’ve been the victim of a scam, report it to the following agencies:

  • HHC Office of the Inspector General: 1-800-HHS-TIPS
  • FBI Hotline: 1-800-CALL-FBI
  • C<S/Medicare Hotline: 1-800-MEDICARE

Keep in mind that you won’t be asked to provide your entire social security number or a credit card number at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

The Lawrence Police Department says it hasn’t received any reports of this scam so far.

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