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Fraudulent Advertising for COVID-19 Vaccines: How to Identify Common Scams

Apr 29, 2021
United States

Like other pharmaceutical companies currently offering COVID-19 vaccines and other antiviral medicines, Johnson & Johnson is aware of multiple fraudulent campaigns that falsely offer for sale COVID-19 vaccines. At this moment, no individuals or private companies are authorized to offer, advertise, distribute or sell the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine on behalf of Janssen/Johnson & Johnson either directly or indirectly. So far, we are only distributing the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine to government bodies and supranational organizations. Additionally, the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine is not available for online purchase.

These fraudulent activities are neither authorized by nor affiliated with any part of the J&J organization. The aim of such activities generally is to collect personal information and financial information via internet applications, including Line, Facebook, and Apps. These fraudulent solicitations are being used to potentially steal money from consumers unlawfully. 

We advise individuals to be aware of suspicious emails asking for personal data that may also claim a sense of urgency, are oddly formatted, or include numerous typos and incorrect grammar.

If you think you are a victim of a scam specifically relating to our COVID-19 vaccine, report the activity to [email protected] We advise individuals to contact official government health authorities, too, as they are responsible for providing doses to the public. 

Never click on content or respond to an online communication regarding access to a COVID-19 vaccine that does not come from an official government body. 

The following information is provided by the Company and does not indicate endorsement by the federal government.