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Text message scammers promise vaccine, pistol permit information

Officials across the state are warning the public about scams that have been making their way around the community.

They involve variations of a texting scam, which are connected to COVID-19 vaccines and pistol permits. The scam attempts to convince the individual that in order to complete their pistol permit process – they need to follow a link.

Similarly, if they COVID-19 test and vaccination ploys have been reported around the region. If you are receiving your COVID-19 test results digitally – it will follow specific instructional guidance given by the provider.

There have also been reports of scams involving NYSEG and RG&E customers.

“The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccination brings along hope for so many of us, but it also creates new opportunities for unscrupulous scammers to attempt to lure people into unintentionally providing their personal information,” said Secretary of State Rossana Rosado. “As the vaccine is rolled out over the next several months, there are simple steps you can take to avoid COVID-19 vaccine scams that can help protect your hard-earned money and your identity.”

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