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West Vancouver Police warn of COVID-19 vaccine booking scam

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Police say fraudster calls a potential victim, says they are next in line for the vaccine, asks for credit card details

Beware if someone calls, asking for things like credit card information to set up a 'home visit' for vaccination

WEST VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – If someone calls you, claiming you’re next in line for the COVID-19 vaccine — do not give them any personal information.

West Vancouver Police say a fraudster is calling around, trying to use the vaccine rollout as a way to get your money.

Police say they’ve received reports of someone calling a potential victim by phone. They are told it’s their turn for the vaccine and that they need personal details in order to set up a “home visit.”

The fraudster then tries to get information like their address and credit card details.

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“Unfortunately, this pandemic has provided new opportunities for fraudsters to target vulnerable people,” Const. Kevin Goodmurphy said. “At this stage, nobody will be calling you to set up a home vaccine appointment. If you receive a call like this, hang up immediately.”

You can find more information about scams and tips on how to protect yourself on the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre website.