LIHU‘E — The first delivery and dosages of vaccines against COVID-19 to hospitals on Kaua‘i could happen as early as Monday, Mayor Derek Kawakami announced Friday.
This initial delivery will be for health-care workers as well as residents and staff of long-term-care facilities.
“We expect to receive a limited number of doses initially, then more in the weeks and months to come,” Kawakami said during his Friday daily COVID-19 briefing.
And with vaccines slowly becoming available, the government, both local and federal, are warning against scams and attempted fraud.
“Just as these vaccines are rolling out, we are receiving word that criminals are taking this opportunity to scam people,” Kawakami said. “The Federal Trade Commission, Department of Homeland Security and other law-enforcement partners are warning about fraud related to COVID-19 vaccines.”
Some recent scams include asking for payments to receive the vaccine or to be put on a list to get the vaccine.
“No one from the Department of Health or a vaccine-distribution site will ask for your Social Security number or confidential financial information, such as credit cards or bank accounts,” Kawakami said.
Thursday, the Kaua‘i Police Department shared a press release from the FTC, warning residents of a scam that pretends to be Amazon asking about a suspicious purchase, lost package or order that can’t be fulfilled.
Another scam is a recorded message about suspicious activity on an Apple iCloud account.
“In both scenarios, the scammers say you can conveniently press 1 to speak with someone (how nice of them!). Or they give you a phone number to call. Don’t do either. It’s a scam,” the federal press release states.
“They’re trying to steal your personal information, like your account password or your credit-card number.”
The FTC recommends hanging up, blocking unwanted numbers and resisting handing over personal information.
Sabrina Bodon, government reporter, can be reached at 245-0441 or firstname.lastname@example.org.