There are now two COVID-19 vaccination scams circulating in the Peterborough area.
As reported earlier this week, Peterborough Public Health has received reports that individuals are receiving text messages offering second dose appointments at the Evinrude Centre. Individuals are asked to reply to the message to book a second dose appointment.
The second scam is over the phone, according to Peterborough County OPP. People called are advised that their second dose appointment date has changed.
The callers then ask the individuals for personal contact information and tell them to show up to clinics that are months before their scheduled second dose, police said.
The health unit advises that people with second dose appointments booked will need to keep those appointments.
Anyone contacted about booking a vaccine appointment through a means that they were not connected through originally should think twice. A person who books a vaccine appointment online through the provincial booking system likely will not receive a text or a phone call to change a second dose appointment.
Frauds can be reported to the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at antifraudcentre.ca/ or call police at their non-emergency number.
Peterborough County OPP offer these tips to protect yourself:
• Don’t be afraid to say no or hang up.
• Watch out for urgent pleas that play on your emotions or intimidating high-pressure tactics.
• Do your research and verify the legitimacy of the call.
• If in doubt, hang up and call a publicly listed phone number for the company the caller claims to represent.
• Don’t give out personal information, such as your name, address, birthdate, credit card, banking or social insurance number.
• Protect your online accounts by creating strong passwords and keep them private.
• Don’t reveal personal information over social media.