Scammers using vaccine to separate you from your money

- Contributed Graphic/FTC

SAFFORD — The coronavirus vaccine isn’t yet available in the United States, and officials are warning residents to be aware of scams.

The Federal Trade Commission is alerting residents to potential scams taking place and, when the vaccine becomes available:

● There will be no requirement to pay to get on a list to receive the vaccine

● One cannot pay to get the vaccine early

● No provider of the vaccine will require disclosure of Social Security numbers, or bank account or credit card information

In addition, the FTC reminds residents to avoid purchasing over-the-counter COVID-19 test kits, as those kits have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Also watch out for phishing texts and e-mails, and hang up on robocalls.

For more information about COVID-19 related scams, go to Coronavirus Advice for Consumers | Federal Trade Commission (