Villagers and tri-county area residents are being warned of several scams involving COVID-19 vaccines.
In Pasco and Pinellas counties, health officials used the online event management site Eventbrite to allow area seniors to quickly register. But fake pages popped up that demanded a credit card payment in order to be registered.
Similar scams are occurring across the country and worldwide in a variety of forms, including:
- Telephone calls offering vaccine registration for a fee;
- E-mails or other solicitation purporting to be from a medical center seeking personal information to determine eligibility for a vaccine trial; and
- Marketers offering to ship vaccine doses, either domestically or internationally, for an exorbitant fee.
Health officials say residents should remember that registering for the COVID-19 vaccine always will be free.