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Michigan Attorney General warns of COVID-19-related fraud

Michigan Attorney General's Office

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel warned residents Tuesday about scams connected to COVID-19 vaccines.

One scam involves fake vaccine cards that look legitimate but can be filled out by people who have not actually gotten vaccinated or administered a dose, she said.

The cards violate state laws and threaten public health, said Nessel. "By selling these fake vaccine cards, bad actors are undermining the public safety and prolonging this pandemic."

The other scam uses fraudulent post-vaccine surveys to try to get people to divulge personal information. Nessel said the surveys come by phone call or text message, and promise a prize if the recipient shares certain details.

The "bogus surveys" are "asking victims to pay for shipping and handling in order to receive a prize that is never delivered," said Nessel.

The national Intellectual Property Rights Center says none of the companies whose vaccines are authorized for emergency use in the U.S. are doing this kind of post-vaccine survey.

Brett joined WCMU in February, 2021, as a general assignment reporter. He was previously the health reporter at WXXI Public Broadcasting in Rochester, N.Y., and has filed stories for National Public Radio, IEEE Spectrum, The Village Voice and other outlets.
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