The Maui Information
The state Division of Well being is warning of rising COVID-19 scams concentrating on kupuna and different Hawaii residents.
Scammers often ship cellphone and textual content messages demanding individuals to name again to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine in change for cash. In a latest name from Jamaica to a Hawaii resident, a caller falsely claimed the vaccine shall be out there just for three months for $1,000, based on a information launch final week from the division.
“All COVID-19 vaccinations are free,” Well being Director Dr. Libby Char stated. “At no time ought to anybody pay for the vaccine. Everybody, together with kupuna, will ultimately have a possibility to obtain their vaccine.”
Norma Kop, director of Senior Medicare Patrol Hawaii, urged individuals to remain vigilant as scammers ramp up their schemes “with seemingly professional presents.”
“We encourage residents to chorus from responding to communication from an unknown quantity, e mail or unfamiliar location to guard themselves from bogus COVID-19 vaccine presents, particularly these asking to confirm one’s peronal data, resembling Medicare or Medicaid numbers, to obtain well being care advantages,” Kop stated.
The group, which assists beneficiaries, their households and caregivers to detect well being care fraud, errors and abuse, provided different reminders to assist residents spot crimson flags:
• Nobody pays to “leap forward of the road” and obtain earlier entry to a vaccination.
• Nobody who calls from the Hawaii Division of Well being or its trusted companions regarding the COVID-19 vaccination will ask for a Social Safety, checking account, bank card quantity or associated private data.
• Authentic authorities don’t ask for fee in change for the vaccine; residents ought to simply grasp up.
The division additionally inspired individuals to all the time safeguard their private data, well being care-related numbers, monetary data and associated identifiers.
To voice a priority or to file a grievance, contact SMP Hawaii at information@smphawaii .org or (808) 586-7281. On Neighbor Islands, name toll free at (800) 296-9422.
For extra details about stopping well being care fraud or to volunteer, go to www.smp hawaii.org.
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