Better Business Bureau Warns Of COVID-19 Vaccine Scams


Wednesday, December 16th 2020, 3:49 pm
By: William Blanchette


TULSA, Okla. -

According to the Better Business Bureau, there have been 20 reported COVID-19 vaccine scams nationwide so far.

However, there have been no reports of these scams locally yet.

The President and CEO of the Better Business Bureau in Tulsa, Amie Mitchells, said COVID-19 vaccine scammers are downright heartless. 

"For bad players in the market to take advantage, it's heart breaking,” Mitchells said.

Mitchell said these scammers are looking to get your personal and medical information, and if they can, even some money.

The Federal Trade Commission has tips for how you can tell it's a COVID-19 vaccine scammer.

These tips include watching out for someone asking for your social security, bank account, and credit card number, someone who is trying to get you to pay for early access to the vaccine, or someone attempting to get you to pay to put your name on a list to get the vaccine.

"It can come by text message, email, a pop-up ad, or a simple google search,” Mitchells said.

Mitchell said the younger generation tends to fall for these scams online.

"They have more opportunities to click on a pop-up ad," Mitchells added.

While seniors likely get scammed through phone calls or text messages.

Mitchell said it's important to report these scams because the BBB. is working with the Federal Trade Commission to shut them down.

She said these scams may last until the CDC. gets the vaccine to everybody.

To find out how you can report these scams to the B.B.B., click here.