Lookout for COVID-19 vaccine scams experts say

The Federal Trade Commission has issued warning letters to many companies claiming to have a product to prevent or cure the virus
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Ted S. Warren

FILE - This March 16, 2020 file photo shows vials used by pharmacists to prepare syringes used on the first day of a first-stage safety study clinical trial of the potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, in Seattle. After 100,000 deaths ravaged the nation’s nursing homes and pushed them to the front of the vaccine line, they now face a vexing problem: Skeptical residents and workers balking at getting the shots.

LA CROSSE, Wis (WKBT) – There are potential scams around the COVID-19 vaccine following its approval. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement along with other government officials are already cracking down on fake COVID-19 testing kits and treatments.

The Federal Trade Commission has issued warning letters to many companies claiming to have a product to prevent or cure the virus. Experts say be skeptical of anything received through the mail or online about a vaccine.

If it sounds too good to be true, it most likely is. Always check with a personal doctor or hospital if there are concerns.

Read more about coronavirus scams on the Federal Trade Commission’s website. Learn more about the disease at the CDC’s FAQ page.

Also, the FDA is updating this page about its progress in developing a treatment for coronavirus.