The St. Charles Police Department is warning area residents of COVID-19 vaccination scams that have been victimizing people nationwide ever since the first vaccine became available for emergency use.
St. Charles Crime Prevention Officer James Burden said the vaccine is free and only available at approved federal and state locations and said residents should ignore emails, texts, phone calls or letters that claim you can get a reserved spot on the waiting list for a fee.
“The American Association of Retired Persons, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Illinois Department of Aging, to name a few, have published warnings about these scams recently, and we feel it’s important to address this issue as well,” Burden said.
Do not give out personal information, open emails, attachments, or click on any links from people you don’t know. For accurate information about the vaccine, Kane County residents can visit www.kanehealth.com.
If you or anyone you know is a victim of these COVID-19 vaccination scams, you can report them to the Illinois Senior Medicare Patrol hotline at 800-699-9043, the Federal Trade Commission or the Attorney General at www.consumerresources.org.
About the St. Charles Police Department
The St. Charles Police Department provides law enforcement, investigations, traffic and special events, social services, crime prevention, and community outreach services to the St. Charles, Illinois, community. One of the first agencies in Illinois to be accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, the Department has retained accreditation since 1989.