Among many challenges throughout the pandemic, Angelinos now must be on high alert for scams. Unscrupulous criminals are trying to take advantage of people who are simply trying to survive.
First, there were scams involving fake test kits and phony cures, then there were nonexistent cleaning supplies and bogus stimulus grants.
More recently, fraudsters have taken advantage of the fact that COVID-19 vaccine appointments were hard to find, so they were offering opportunities to “skip the line” and get an appointment in exchange for cash.
And now, scammers are asking people to complete a survey about COVID-19 vaccines in exchange for cash or a prize.
The AARP Fraud Watch Network has information and resources to help protect you and your family from such scammers. You can sign up for free alerts, call the free help line at 877 – 908 – 3360 if you suspect a scam, and even look at our scam-tracking map to see what fraudsters have been up to in your area.
AARP staff and volunteers are also working hard in your community, hosting a variety of programs and workshops on fraud and other topics.
Tips from local, state and federal officials on avoiding COVID-19 scammers include:
Scammers are regularly evolving their techniques to defraud you, so be wary of anything unsolicited and always independently verify an offer or request.
Learn more at aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork.
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