GURNEE, Ill. – Following the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of two COVID-19 vaccines, state Rep. Joyce Mason, D-Gurnee, is reminding residents to stay vigilant for vaccine-related scams.
“As vaccines become more widely available, residents should stay on the lookout for bad actors pushing fake coronavirus cures,” Mason said. “Scammers will take any opportunity to illicitly make a profit, even if it means taking advantage of a deadly pandemic.”
After receiving numerous complaints about individuals marketing illegitimate COVID-19 vaccines, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is urging residents to remain cautious when they are contacted about or see advertisements for coronavirus cures. The bureau has identified several factors that may indicate a vaccine is fraudulent, including if it requires a down-payment, offers early access or states that getting vaccinated is government-mandated. Illinois residents may report coronavirus-related scams by completing the Illinois attorney general’s complaint form at https://ccformsubmission.ilattorneygeneral.net/.
“If you are concerned about the validity of a person or organization that has contacted you about a vaccine, it’s a good idea to reach out to your local health department before taking any other action,” Mason said. “They will be able to provide you with accurate, up-to-date information on vaccine distribution and can help you determine the legitimacy of the vaccine in question.”
For more information on official vaccine distribution or for assistance identifying the validity of a vaccine, residents may contact the Lake County Health Department at 847-377-8000 or COVID19@LakeCountyIL.gov.
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