New scam targets Mississauga and Brampton residents who got COVID-19 vaccine

Published November 5, 2022 at 5:26 pm

Vaccinated residents in Mississauga and Brampton should beware a new text scam going around.

The scam message, alleging to be from Ontario Health, says the recipient has received financial compensation for getting their COVID-19 vaccine.

It includes a suspicious link:

The message is a scam — you won’t be offered money for getting vaccinated.

Anyone who receives this text (or a text similar to it) is advised to delete it and avoid clicking the link, as it may put you at risk of losing personal or financial information.

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre, which keeps tabs on major scams and fraud incidents, advises residents to never share personal information with unverified people or groups.

That includes information such as your name, address, birth date, social insurance number, and credit card or banking information.

Residents who have questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine or boosters should refer to Peel Public Health’s website for more info.

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