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Posted on: March 5, 2021

Be Alert - COVID vaccine related Phone Scam

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Oakland County is warning the community of a potential scam related to COVID-19 vaccine appointments.

According to reports, the caller is asking questions in order to schedule a vaccine appointment, and then is asking for personal and financial information. “Oakland County will never ask for any financial information including credit card or social security numbers,” said Leigh-Anne Stafford, health officer for Oakland County. “If you are unsure if it is a scam, avoid sharing any personal information over the phone, and report it to the authorities.” Concerned residents can report scam calls by calling the non-emergency phone number at the local police or Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. 

Avoid becoming a victim of phone scams or identify theft by:

 • Making a list of contact information for family members, close friends, health providers or anyone who might call regularly. This will help you know if the call is legitimate.

 • Letting a call go to voicemail if you don't recognize a phone number. Scammers rarely leave messages. 

 • Hanging up if a stranger asks for personal or financial information. If you do answer the phone, it's OK to hang up.

 • Remembering that government agencies will always identify themselves. 

 • Not sharing any personal information such as your social security number to anyone over the telephone. 


For more information, visit www.oakgov.com/health

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