Now that the COVID-19 vaccine is available for some residents of Los Angeles County, scammers are targeting local residents with new, vaccine-related schemes.
As with any scams, we want to make sure you protect your money and personal information.
First, the basics about COVID-19 vaccines:
- Get legitimate vaccine information directly from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health or your personal doctor. (The cities of Pasadena and Long Beach have their own health departments. If you live there, their websites will have additional information for residents.)
- The State of California and County of Los Angeles have a tiered system to determine who is eligible to receive the vaccine. Go to VaccinateLACounty.com to find your tier and an estimate of when you will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
- The COVID-19 Vaccine is free.
Avoiding COVID-19 Vaccine Scams
Here’s the bottom line: if anyone claims they can get you into a higher tier, especially if they are asking you for payment or personal information, they are tricking you. THIS IS A SCAM!
- Do not pay a COVID-19 vaccine.
- Do not pay for access for a COVID-19 vaccine.
- Do you give your personal information to anyone after you have applied through the County’s website.
If you are a victim of a COVID-19 Vaccine Scam
If you believe you have been the victim of a vaccine scam or if you’re just uncertain, please contact us at the Department of Consumer and Business Affairs. Call us at (800) 593-8222 or use our online complaint form.
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The Department of Public Health has information sheets available in multiple languages: