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How to watch for scams as coronavirus vaccine nears release

Homeland Security Investigations officials are preparing for a crush of new scams when the coronavirus vaccine is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which could come in a few weeks.

A few things to keep in mind to avoid falling victim:

>> Always consult a licensed medical professional to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine or treatment.

>> Make sure your doctor has been approved to administer the vaccine.

>> Do not buy COVID-19 vaccines or treatments over the internet.

>> Do not buy COVID-19 vaccines or treatments through an online pharmacy.

>> Ignore large, unsolicited offers for vaccinations and miracle treatments or cures.

>> Don’t respond to text messages, emails or calls about vaccines and treatments.

>> Be wary of ads for vaccines and treatments on social media.

>> Any suspicious activity can be reported to: covid19investigationsdhs.gov.

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