U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General Shares Scam Alerts Related to COVID-19

Fraud Alert: COVID-19 Scams | Office of Inspector General | Government Oversight | U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (hhs.gov)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about fraud schemes related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Scammers are using telemarketing calls, text messages, social media platforms, and door-to-door visits to perpetrate COVID-19-related scams.

These scammers use the coronavirus pandemic to benefit themselves, and beneficiaries face potential harm. 

Photos of COVID-19 vaccination cards should not be shared on social media. Posting content that includes your date of birth, health care details or other personally identifiable information can be used to steal your identity.

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What's wrong with sharing vaccine card photos?


Sharing a photo of a vaccine card on social media is a risky way to celebrate getting a COVID-19 vaccine, experts warn. Vaccine cards have the patient's name, birth date, vaccine lot number and brand, vaccination date and location, and more that identity thieves can piece together with personal data from other sources, the Federal Trade Commission wrote in a blog post.