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Black Hawk County Health Department is warning of vaccine-related scams

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) -- The Black Hawk County Health Department says that local health organizations are warning of potential scams related to vaccine distribution.

Officials are asking you to be vigilant and aware of potential scammers trying to obtain information, possibly acting as a health care provider. You may receive phone calls, texts or emails claiming to have information about the vaccine in exchange for personal information.

In Black Hawk County, vaccine distribution is going through select pharmacies and these health care providers: MercyOne, Peoples Community Health Clinic, and UnityPoint Health.

These providers will:

  • contact current patients who are eligible to be vaccinated
  • verify your age and date of birth
  • ask for your Medicare number, if applicable
  • ask for insurance information

It is possible a health care provider will need to verify your social security number and may also leave a message or send an email asking you to contact them.

Health care organizations will never ask for your credit card number or bank information.

The county is also warning to take caution when clicking links in text messages or emails and to not open an email attachment if you are not sure what it is.

If you are suspicious of a scammer on the phone, hang up.