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How to Recognize Scam Sites That ‘Help’ You Schedule Your Vaccine

lifehacker – “As vaccine supply struggles to meet demand, grassroots social media groups known as “vaccine hunters” have sprung up all over the country, helping people find and book appointments. As helpful as these groups can be, they’ve also become the new favorite target for scammers. Here’s how you can protect yourself. How vaccine hunter scams work – As many states have failed to provide centralized information on exactly where you could get a vaccine booking, vaccine hunter groups have stepped in to fill the gap. These groups informally share information about where you might be able to snag an appointment, whether on county healthcare sites, pharmacy websites, informal pharmacy standby lists, or individual hospital waiting lists. In a spirit of goodwill, people in these groups often help (typically elderly) strangers book vaccine appointments on their behalf. Unfortunately, this is where scammers jump in. Posing as good samaritans, scammers will ask for your personal information, and try to sell bogus vaccine appointments or vaccines. The Better Business Bureau has put out an alert warning people about the scam, and offers these tips for avoiding cons while finding a vaccine appointment…”

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