Peterborough OPP warning of vaccine scams

The Peterborough County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has been made aware of two scams circulating in the area that involve Covid-19 vaccinations.

Peterborough Public Health (PPH) has received reports that individuals are receiving text messages offering second dose appointments at the Evinrude Centre. Individuals are asked to reply to the message to book a second dose appointment. The second scam is over the phone. Individuals are advised that their second dose appointment date has changed. The suspects are asking individuals for personal contact information and telling them to show up to clinics that are months before their scheduled second dose. 

At this time, individuals that have second dose appointments booked will need to keep those appointments. We are asking people to think critically if they are contacted about booking a vaccine appointment through a means that they were not connected through originally. This means that if a person booked a vaccine appointment online through the provincial booking system, they most likely will not receive a text or a phone call to change your second dose appointment. 

For more information regarding ongoing scams in Canada or to report fraud, visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at http://antifraudcentre.ca/. If you believe you have been a victim of fraud, call your local police at their non-emergency number.

Here are some tips to protect yourself:

• Don’t be afraid to say no or hang up

• Watch out for urgent pleas that play on your emotions or intimidating high-pressure tactics

• Do your research and verify the legitimacy of the call

• If in doubt, hang up and call a publicly listed phone number for the company the caller claims to represent

• Don’t give out personal information, such as your name, address, birthdate, credit card, banking or social insurance

• Protect your online accounts by creating strong passwords and keep them private

• Don’t reveal personal information over social media

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