Got a strange text about your COVID vaccine? Here's what could be going on.

At 9:38 p.m. on a Monday evening, I received what seemed like a pretty important text from a sender I did not know.  "View a digital record of your vaccination," it read. The text also congratulated me on having received my second dose,...

Got a strange text about your COVID vaccine? Here's what could be going on.
Got a strange text about your COVID vaccine? Here's what could be going on.

At 9:38 p.m. on a Monday evening, I received what seemed like a pretty important text from a sender I did not know. 

"View a digital record of your vaccination," it read.

The text also congratulated me on having received my second dose, and reminded me to wait one to two weeks for full protection. Immediately, my alarms bells went off, and I wondered: "Is this a scam?" 

For one, I'd gotten my second dose weeks ago. So why was I getting this text now? Additionally, the sender said it was a company called Healthvana, claiming to be an "LA County Vaccinations partner."

I'd never heard of them.

Most suspicious of all, the text was directing me to a link where I would undoubtedly be asked to enter personal information. This is exactly the tactic of a typical phishing scam text or email.  Read more...

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