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Warnings about new COVID-19 scams targeting vaccinations

Lovemoney Logo By Frances Carruthers of Lovemoney | Slide 2 of 17: It's a similar story in California, which is offering the country's largest vaccine prize money, totaling $116.5 million. Any Californian aged over 12 who gets vaccinated is entered into the Vax for the Win incentive program, which has 30 draws worth $50,000 each, and 10 draws for $1.5 million prizes. But scammers have been contacting unsuspecting Californians on Facebook or by phone, telling them they have won to try and get them to share their personal information. As a result Californian state authorities have underlined that winners do not have to pay any fees to verify they are eligible to win, and that they will be notified either by phone by an official with the California Department of Public Health, which will have a "State of CA CDPH" caller and text ID, an official CDPH email address, or in person by staff. Pictured is Governor Gavin Newsom who has spearheaded the scheme. But vaccine lotteries aren't the only way scammers are keen to defraud people during the pandemic. In fact, you might be shocked that Americans have lost at least $399 million to COVID-related fraud so far, according to 436,000 reports filed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) between January 2020 and April 2021. 

Vaccine lottery scams

It's a similar story in California, which is offering the country's largest vaccine prize money, totaling $116.5 million. Any Californian aged over 12 who gets vaccinated is entered into the Vax for the Win incentive program, which has 30 draws worth $50,000 each, and 10 draws for $1.5 million prizes. But scammers have been contacting unsuspecting Californians on Facebook or by phone, telling them they have won to try and get them to share their personal information.

As a result Californian state authorities have underlined that winners do not have to pay any fees to verify they are eligible to win, and that they will be notified either by phone by an official with the California Department of Public Health, which will have a "State of CA CDPH" caller and text ID, an official CDPH email address, or in person by staff. Pictured is Governor Gavin Newsom who has spearheaded the scheme.

But vaccine lotteries aren't the only way scammers are keen to defraud people during the pandemic. In fact, you might be shocked that Americans have lost at least $399 million to COVID-related fraud so far, according to 436,000 reports filed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) between January 2020 and April 2021. 

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