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Desde el inicio de la pandemia, la gente pasa mucho tiempo sola en su casa. Además, hay mucha confusión con respecto a cuándo, cómo y dónde hay que inscribirse para recibir la vacuna. Si sumas esas dos cosas, el resultado es que aparecen estafadores que se aprovechan de la situación y difunden información falsa con la esperanza de que la gente que está aislada se crea sus mentiras.

Como ya habrás notado por nuestro artículo de blog de ayer, esta semana nos estamos centrando en formas de conectarte con la gente que está aislada, y al mismo tiempo, luchar contra el fraude. Hoy, estamos destacando las recomendaciones que puedes compartir para ayudar a la gente a evitar las estafas de vacunas contra el COVID.

  • No hay que pagar para inscribirse para recibir la vacuna contra el COVID. Todo aquel que te pida que pagues para colocar tu nombre en una lista, para hacer una cita para ti o reservarte un puesto en la fila es un estafador.
  • No se puede pagar para acceder antes a la vacuna. Eso es una estafa.
  • ¿Eres beneficiario de Medicare? Tú no tienes que pagar para obtener la vacuna contra el COVID-19. Únicamente los estafadores te pedirán que pagues.
  • Ignora los anuncios de venta de la vacuna. No la puedes comprar en ningún lugar. Está disponible únicamente en lugares aprobados a nivel federal y estatal.
  • Nadie que actúe legítimamente te llamará por teléfono, ni te enviará un email o mensaje de texto sobre la vacuna para pedirte tu número de Seguro Social, cuenta bancaria o tarjeta de crédito. Eso es una estafa.

Ahora que sabes diferenciar la realidad de la ficción, comparte lo que sabes y pídeles a los demás que hagan lo mismo. A veces, todo lo que se necesita para alegrarle el día a alguien es una llamada o conversación afectuosa, ayuda a la gente a sentirse conectada y aliviar su preocupación y confusión.

¡Gracias por ser un amigable luchador contra las estafas!

7 Comments

BTS- Chicago (no verificado)
March 02, 2021
Thank you!
Bibi 07 (no verificado)
March 02, 2021
I need your help; my aunt is 72 yo, and on Medicare. She is registered w the State health dept. and waiting for their call 1-Her DR's secretary told her the Covid vaccine/drug is free, paid by the gov. BUT it will cost her extra $ for the shot: a medical assistant to fill the consent form , a nurse or tech to give the shot ; and if she wants to see/talk to the DR for additional questions like side effects ,etc.. she will have to pay for it..not covered by the gov >>>> Is this legit = can they do that extra billing 2-she called Walgreens:; the Vax drug and shot are free -no fee to fill the consent (mandatory) - you will get a sheet with side effects and what to do+ and you can talk to the Pharmacist for free. But we are waiting for the supplies from the State like DR offices- no one has priority, or cut the waiting time. Can you please advise. Thanks a lot for your super work.
FTC Staff
March 02, 2021

En respuesta a por Bibi 07 (no verificado)

You can get information from www.Medicare.gov. There is a page with information about Medicare and Coronavirus. And, there is information about the COVID-19 vaccine, for example:  

Your Costs in Original Medicare :  You pay nothing for the COVID-19 vaccine. You won’t pay a deductible or copayment, and your provider can’t charge you an administration fee to give you the shot.

Things to know 

  • Be sure to bring your red, white, and blue Medicare card so your health care provider or pharmacy can bill Medicare. You’ll need your Medicare card even if you’re enrolled in a Medicare Advantage Plan.
  • If you fill out a form to get the vaccine, you may be asked for your insurer’s group number. If you have Part B, leave this field blank or write “N/A.” If you have trouble with the form, talk with your vaccine provider.
  • Medicare also covers COVID-19 testsCOVID-19 antibody tests, and COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatments.
Bibi 07 (no verificado)
March 03, 2021

En respuesta a por Bibi 07 (no verificado)

Thanks a ton for your quick reply; we are relieved after we read the Medicare info you sent. SUPERB JOB. Be safe, we need more like you..
Don't use your… (no verificado)
March 03, 2021
Just letting you know the SSN scam is still trying. 505-277-6635 is the new number according to my phone. Just letting you know. Thanx, Danny
Harold (no verificado)
March 03, 2021
The fraud goes a lot further than that.
Patti (no verificado)
March 03, 2021
Thanks for this info. Question: Is there any reason why a vaccine provider would need a patient’s mother’s maiden name? It’s not the same as bank info, but it still seems intrusive & unnecessary. A neighbor of mine has been very frustrated by the process - she is ‘1A’, but does not do email or texts, & has had no luck with phone calls (including 211) or applying online. She called me yesterday, upset that a friend of hers got an appointment at a local vaccination site (a fire hall). She added that her friend had had to give her mother’s maiden name to get the appt. That sounded like a scam to me — or can a provider require personal info like this? Thanks again!