MOUNT HOLLY, NJ -- Local law enforcement agencies, including the Burlington County Sheriff's Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office, are urging residents to protect themselves against COVID vaccine scams that are especially targeting senior citizens.
As more vaccines are distributed every week, the potential to be scammed unfortunately is also increasing. Law enforcement is making the public aware of common signs of these hoaxes.
- You are asked to pay out-of-pocket to get the vaccine.
- You are asked to pay to put your name on a vaccine waiting list or get early access.
- Advertisements for vaccines through social media platforms, e-mail, telephone calls, online or from unsolicited and unknown sources.
- Marketers offering to sell or ship doses of the vaccine for payment.
Law enforcement stresses that the public should never give out their personal information and payment information to unknown sources.
Local residents who have questions or suspicions that something is not right concerning your vaccine, call Virtua at 1-888-847-8823 ((1-888-VIRTUA3) or the State of New Jersey COVID-19 Vaccine Mega-Site at the Moorestown Mall at 1-855-568-0545.
If you believe that you have been the victim of a COVID-19 fraud, immediately report it to:
- Office of the Inspector General, Department of Health and Human Services Hotline: 1-800-HHS-TIPS or tips.hss.gov
- FBI Hotline: 1-800-CALL-FBI or http://ic3.gov
- CMS/Medicare Hotline: 1-800 MEDICARE