Scammers asking for credit card info to process vaccinations

Posted at 5:18 PM, Feb 08, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-09 07:32:01-05

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, Md. — The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities has started getting calls from some people concerned about a possible scam.

They said the scammers were asking for credit card information to process the vaccinations and trying to arrange shots at a non-sanctioned county location.

"All of the locations for vaccinations should be on the website, so if it's anything different, make sure you are checking and confirm those sites."

Figuring out a scam can be easy just by examining a couple of simple facts. For one, these scammers are asking for your credit card numbers, there is no charge for vaccines.

"So any information needed, that is supplied to the health department and they're not going to be asking you for that information because they've already provided it."

The only thing the health department may need from you is a confirmation number, not financial information.

Many of us have seen recent recipients of vaccinations proudly posting their vaccination cards on social media. That may give people with nefarious intentions information about you they could use to gain access to your private accounts.

"That information card can have some personal information about you, your name and date of birth. Again, you want to be very careful about your particulars, anything referencing you, date of birth, personal information, out to the public."

That vaccination card could have the lot number of the vaccine and that could give a scammer more information to fool you. If you receive any correspondents like this, contact the police.