ATTORNEY GENERAL ALERT: Scammers Use COVID-19 Misinformation to Target Hispanic Population
March 12, 2021
LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Attorney General’s Office has received recent reports of vaccine misinformation, fake COVID-19 testing and treatment targeting Arkansas’s Hispanic population. Scam artists will always take advantage of a tough situation and attempt to steal from hard-working Arkansans. The Arkansas Department of Health has provided a list of trusted vaccine clinics in each region of the state where Arkansans can receive their vaccine on a first-come, first-served basis if they qualify.
“I urge Arkansans to never give any personal information over the phone,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “If you believe a con artist is attempting to spread fake COVID-19 information, don’t hesitate to contact my office and let us do the fighting for you.”
Attorney General Rutledge has offered the following tips for consumers about fraudulent COVID-19 vaccines and treatments:
- Do not pay exorbitant fees for COVID-19 vaccinations. Instead, visit the Arkansas Department of Health’s website to find locations of regional testing and clinics offering COVID-19 tests at no cost to consumers.
- Be cautious of health providers who claim they can cure, prevent, or lessen the effects of COVID-19 while charging high fees for their false claims.
- For questions about COVID-19, including where to find testing locations, call the Arkansas Department of Health at 1-800-803-7847.
- Find accurate information about COVID-19, including information about how it spreads, symptoms, prevention and treatment, what to do if you are sick and frequently asked questions, on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.