COVID-19 vaccine-related scams affecting New Zealanders

We’re seeing a number of different COVID-19 vaccine-related scams affecting New Zealanders. One of the best way avoid scams is to know what scams are out there.

Below you’ll find a list of the COVID-19 vaccine-related scams CERT NZ is aware of that are affecting New Zealanders. We are actively working to put a stop to these scams as quickly as possible. Remember, the best way you can help us stop a scam is by reporting it to CERT NZ.

Scam: Phone call about the vaccine being for sale

First appeared: 20 February 2021

Details: The scammer calls to advise the vaccine is available for $49.99. You are given the choice to press 1 to continue or 2 to cancel.

This is a way to automate getting people on the line for a scammer to then get their credit card details, gain access to their computer or exploit them some other way.

What to do:

  • Do not press anything. Hang up.
  • Make a note of the phone number that called you, if possible, and the time and date it was made and report it to CERT NZ.
  • If you’ve provided any banking details or installed any software report the incident to your bank immediately.
Scam: Phone call about voting to secure your vaccine

First appeared: 20 February 2021

Details: The scammer asks you to go to your computer, guiding you to vote to be able to secure a vaccine. The scammer claims that once you’re online to vote/have voted, you’ll receive a payment.

What to do:

  • Do not press anything. Hang up.
  • Make a note of the phone number that called you, if possible, and the time and date it was made and report it to CERT NZ.
  • If you’ve provided any banking details or installed any software report the incident to CERT NZ and your bank immediately.

Remember: the COVID-19 vaccine is free. At no point will you be asked to pay for the vaccine, or pay for your place in the queue. You will never be asked for your bank account or card details.

Vaccines will be rolled out through a COVID-19 immunisation programme as supply becomes available. Border and managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) workers are being vaccinated first.

Vaccinations for the general public are expected to begin in the second half of 2021. Further information about the rollout is available at https://covid19.govt.nz/ External Link