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A text saying that you’re eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine could be a huge source of relief. It could also be a dangerous scam.

The vaccine rollout is underway with more than 68 million doses administered in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But while that’s reason to celebrate, be wary of scammers using this as an opportunity to squeeze you for money or personal information.

Here’s how it works: You receive a text, call, email or social media message claiming you're eligible for the vaccine (or can put your name on a waiting list, get early access, etc.). Often, these messages seem to come from a legitimate source, like the email address of a health care provider. But there’s always a catch: you need to pay upfront or provide personal information.