ODH warns of Vax-a-Million scams: How you can spot a fake


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) — The Ohio Department of Health and Ohio Lottery are warning Ohioans about scams that aim to impersonate the Vax-a-Million campaign.

Both agencies remind residents that you can enter the vaccine lottery in one of two ways: at www.ohiovaxamillion.com or by calling 1-833-4-ASK-ODH. Its important not to follow links sent to you, and instead to type them into your internet browser yourself.

President and CEO of the Dayton Better Business Bureau John North said these drawings are breeding grounds for scammers.

“Lottery scams are always near the top, most often number one scam, that we see all over North America,” North said.

Vax-a-Million will not ask for your social security number when entering. It will ask for other basic contact information, like your name, email address and phone number, as well as date of birth to verify your eligibility. You will not be asked for payment information either.

The drawings will be announced by email, in the media, via text messages to those subscribed to Ohio Lottery texts and messages from your counties health department.

Some signs that the message you received might be a scam are:

  • Misspelled words
  • Incorrect grammar
  • References to a “sweepstakes”
  • The “from” email address looks suspicious
  • The URL listed is not ohiovaxamillion.com, or when you hover over the URL with your mouse, a different URL appears
  • The phone number listed is not 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)

North said approach any messages you receive with caution.

“Be very reluctant, make sure you do your research, if you are uncertain, then make sure that you look up the telephone number that is supposed to be provided, contact governor’s office, contact the communication office or department of health,” North said.

As of Friday, May 21, millions of Ohioans have entered the Ohio Vax-a-Million drawings.

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