It seems as if we're always seeing some type of communication, either by e-mail or through social media, that is nothing more than attempt to gather information that could cause us problems down the road.

It's amazing to me how quickly scammers come out of the woodwork to take advantage us, especially seniors. Now that I fall into that "senior" category I guess I should pay special attention!

According to a news release from The Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol), a new COVID-19 vaccine e-mail scam is out there. If you're a senior you know that if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. So, if you receive an e-mail asking you to complete a survey and if you do, you'll receive a reward for a nominal fee (to help with shipping costs, of course), hit the spam button.

The sad thing about this e-mail is there are many unsuspecting, trusting seniors that will be drawn into this email for the opportunity to not only help by sharing information but also will participate to take advantage of the free reward. Many older adults think it's legitimate so they'll take off down the rabbit hole.

It amazes how much time and effort people will use to come up with these scams instead of using their time for something a job, volunteering, and/or helping others.

The Missouri SMP (Senior Medicare Patrol) reminds not only seniors but anyone that receives correspondence like this to not to give out personal or financial information.

Anyone who has responded to this or a similar vaccine survey email should call the Missouri SMP at 1-888-515-6565.

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While much is still unknown about the coronavirus and the future, what is known is that the currently available vaccines have gone through all three trial phases and are safe and effective. It will be necessary for as many Americans as possible to be vaccinated in order to finally return to some level of pre-pandemic normalcy, and hopefully these 30 answers provided here will help readers get vaccinated as soon they are able.

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