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COVID-19 Fraud


Scams related to COVID-19 are rapidly increasing as the public health emergency continues. Stay vigilant and learn more about what you can do to stop COVID-19 fraud on this page.

How COVID-19 Scams Work

The Office of Inspector General reminds everyone to be vigilant and protect yourself from potential fraud concerning COVID-19 vaccines. You will not be asked for money to enhance your ranking for vaccine eligibility. Government and State officials will not call you to obtain personal information such as your Medicare number in order to receive the vaccine, and you will not be solicited door to door to receive the vaccine.

Scams related to the Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, are rapidly increasing as the public health emergency increases.  Scammers are targeting older adults and those with serious health conditions who appear at risk for serious illness from COVID-19.  Fraudsters are attempting to bill Medicare for fake tests or treatments related to the Coronavirus and are targeting individuals to illegally obtain money or Medicare numbers.

How You Can Fight Back

  • Do not give out your Medicare number to anyone other than your doctor, health care provider, or other trusted representative.
  • Protect your Medicare number and treat your Medicare card like a credit card.
  • Never provide your Medicare number to anyone who contacts you through unsolicited calls, texts, or emails.
  • Be cautious of anyone who comes to your door offering free coronavirus testing, treatment or supplies.
  • Don't click on links from sources you don't know, which could put your computer or device at risk.  Make sure the anti-malware and anti-virus software on your computer are up to date.
  • Be cautious when purchasing medical supplies from unverified sources, including online advertisements and email/phone solicitations.
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations.  If you see ads touting prevention products or cures for COVID-19, they are most likely a scam.
  • Do your homework before making a donation to a charity or crowdfunding site due to a public health emergency.  Be particularly wary of any charities requesting donations by cash, by gift card, or wire transfer.
  • Be alert to "investment opportunities."  The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is warning people about online promotions, including on social media, claiming that the products or services of publicly traded companies can prevent, detect, or cure COVID-19 and that the stock of these companies will dramatically increase in value as a result.

To learn more about protecting yourself from COVID-19 fraud please watch this short video.

Contact SHIIP–SMP if you have been approached or contacted by anyone you suspect to be a scammer at 1-800-351-4664 (TTY 800-735-2942).