COVID-19 vaccines are coming, and it is important that we all get one.
But organized crime is already selling fake vaccines, so we need to be smart about how we get them. Help us warn Americans about COVID vaccine counterfeiters.
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COVID-19 Vaccines Are Coming, And It Is Important That We All Get One. But organized crime is already selling fake vaccines, so we need to be smart about how we get them. Help us warn Americans about COVID vaccine counterfeiters. Watch this video to learn more.
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PSM is watching the news to learn about COVID-vaccine scams here and around the world.
COVID scammers are preying on the public to try and make a buck, and in some cases, endangering their lives.
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COVID-19 Vaccines Are Coming, And It Is Important That We All Get One. But organized crime is already selling fake vaccines, so we need to be smart about how we get them. Help us warn Americans about COVID vaccine counterfeiters.
COVID vaccines won’t come from Amazon, AliBaba, or non-US pharmacies. The first vaccines have temperature control requirements and can't just be mailed to you. You can only get them through a licensed U.S. healthcare provider such as a brick and mortar pharmacy or hospital. [Click here to like and share this on Twitter]
Scammers have already been caught selling fake COVID treatments and fake COVID vaccines and cannot wait to scam you for money for the real vaccines when they come out.
If you have any questions about how to get an authentic vaccine or questions about vaccines themselves, please consult the CDC's COVID-19 vaccine information page.
Healthcare professionals: Do not purchase COVID-19 vaccines from entities unless they have pharmaceutical wholesale licenses from your state’s Board of Pharmacy. Check licensing with your state board of pharmacy or through the FDA: https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-supply-chain-integrity/verify-wholesale-drug-distributor-licenses
The broader #covidscam situation
As Legitscript points out in its April 2020 report, The COVID-19 Crisis: An Outbreak of Cybercrime Related to the Pandemic, "crisis breeds opportunists"—and it's certainly true that opportunists have stepped up to take advantage of COVID-19.
PSM has been tracking the explosion of crime that has sprung up around COVID-19 treatments and products (or the promise of treatments and products) since mid-March, when public reports of fake treatments, counterfeit protective equipment, and price gouging began emerging around the U.S. We are broadly sorting news about these crimes into five categories which you can consult below: counterfeit medical equipment, black market drug sales, fake therapies, price gouging, and financial scams.
Share our 5 types of #covidscams bookmark and safety tips for buying medicine during the pandemic (in English and Spanish) to help keep people safe.