BINALAAN ng Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ang publiko laban sa pagbili ng COVID-19 vaccines AstraZeneca, Pfizer at Moderna na ibinebenta sa online selling platforms at social media.
Sa advisory na may petsang September 30, sinabi ng ahensiya na ang scheme ay isang ‘scam’ na ginagamit para makaakit ng mga buyer na namimili ng brands.
“The public is advised that this is a scam which uses online platforms and social media to attract buyers specially those who have preference on the brand of vaccines specifically our countrymen who work abroad (OFWs),” ayon sa FDA.
Ang modus umano ng mga scammer ay ginagawang promos ang kanilang deals at humihingi ng iba’t ibang fees tulad ng delivery fees at insurance fees subalit walang produkto na ide-deliver.
“The modus operandi of the scammers includes offering of a promo deal like buy 2 take 1 deal. Once you place your order to the online selling platform, the seller will send a chat message and will give his private contact numbers usually Viber, WeChat, or WhatsApp,” ayon pa sa FDA.
“Payment will be requested to be settled through GCash or bank transfer prior arrangement of delivery. After the payment, another person/number will send a message asking for courier or delivery fee. When the delivery fee has been paid, another person will send a message asking for the payment of insurance fee. No vaccine product will be delivered even when all payments have been settled,” dagdag pa ng ahensiya.
Paalala ng ahensiya sa publiko, tanging mga awtoridad lamang ang maaaring magkaloob ng bakuna.