As individuals, especially seniors, await their opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, scammers are taking advantage of those who have yet to be vaccinated.
In January, Sheriff Carmine Marceno issued a Crime Prevention Tip regarding this scam. Sadly, scammers are increasing their efforts leaving innocent victims without money and without the vaccine.
Scammers use text messaging, emails and phone calls offering immediate opportunities for vaccination.
If you are offered an opportunity to receive the vaccine, and asked to pay “out of pocket,” you are being scammed.
The Coronavirus vaccine is FREE. Under no circumstances should you be asked to send money, gift cards, etc. in exchange for vaccination.
Report all such calls/requests to the Florida Attorney General’s Fraud Hotline at 1-866-966-7226.
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer, Jimmy Patronis, offered prudent advice and a significant warning to Florida seniors regarding attempts to take advantage of our state’s most vulnerable citizens.
“Florida currently ranks second in fraud and identity theft reports nationwide and fraudsters will stop at nothing to prey on our most vulnerable population, Florida’s seniors,” Patronis stated.
Operation S.A.F.E. (Stop Adult Financial Exploitation) is designed to provide information addressing fraudulent activity within the state.
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