Be Weary of Scams, Especially Covid Vaccine Scams
By: Dawson Peterson firstname.lastname@example.org (2/16/21)
Polk County, MN — Scams seem to be so common in today’s day in age. You can’t go one day without receiving a call from a phone number you don’t recognize trying to scam you. There is one common them though, scammers have evolved making the tricks that they are trying to pull more and more believable. Mike Norland from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office says the one obvious sign that you might be getting scammed is if they ask you to pay for something using gift cards.
Scammers will also play along with what time of the year it is and what is in the news. For example, there will be more tax scams floating around being that it is tax season. And with the covid-19 vaccine being rolled out, you may receive a call about paying for an appointment to get the vaccine. Evan Fonder from Nord’s Pharmacy and Gifts in Fosston says if you get a calling saying that you can pay to get the vaccine, that is 100% a scam.
The rule of thumb is if you find a call to be suspicious and don’t believe it is real, hang up the phone and talk to someone you know, ask if they have received a similar call and ask them if there is any truth behind the call.