Scammers are targeting some Missourians trying to get COVID-19 vaccinations. Larry Jones, executive director of the Missouri Center for Public Health Excellence, says criminals are pretending to be from a local health department or another organization to get ahold of personal information.
“Health departments, etc. are not going to be asking people for their credit card numbers or personal information of that nature,” says Jones. “They are going to be wanting to know your name, probably a telephone or an email to be able to get back with you. But they are not going to be asking you for financial information.”
Jones says some of the websites the scammers are using look very legitimate. They might even be using authentic-looking vaccine sign-up forms. If you have questions, call your local health department.