Welcome to #WeekendWisdom number 60. This week we’re going to talk about vaccination scams.

Why are vaccination scams a thing now?

Now that vaccinations for the COVID-19 virus are rolling out across Ireland, across Europe and across the world, there is going to be a lot of information out there about how people can gain access to vaccinations in their various countries.

Now as it’s a time of crisis with the virus still being very, very active, the bad guys are going to take advantage of this crisis to confuse people and get them to fall victim to scams that are relating to vaccinations.

What will they look like?

They’ll be putting out messages on WhatsApp or on Facebook or on Messenger, even in emails and text messages. They’d be telling you to:

  • “Click here to get information about how you get vaccinated in your country.”
  • “Give us some money to register for this service.”
  • “Give me all of your personal details.”

These are the types of scams that they are going to try on people.

So what should I do?

So don’t believe anything you get in a message or an email, whether its a WhatsApp text message or Messenger, anything like that on social media, don’t believe any information you see there, unless it is coming from official government or national health service sources. Like in Ireland that would be the HSE. So only get the information about vaccinations from those sources not social media.

So that’s it for this week. Lets be careful out there and we’ll talk to you again next week.


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