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Oakland County warns of potential scam related to COVID-19 vaccine appointments

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Posted at 2:11 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 12:43:30-05

OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. (WXYZ) — Oakland County is warning 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 asks 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, in a press release. “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.

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