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VERIFY: Phone, door-to-door coronavirus vaccine salesmen are scammers

A vaccine isn't yet available and preventative measures are basically soap, water and disinfectant.

CLARKE COUNTY, Ga. — Athens-Clarke County Police are warning the public not to be fooled by a group that appears to be trying to cash in on coronavirus concerns.

The department said it had received reports from residents who were suspicious of people calling or traveling door-to-door selling COVID-19 vaccines and treatments.

The big problem here is neither vaccines nor specific treatments exist at this point.

"No one, acting in any official capacity, has been conducting door-to-door testing for COVID-19 in the area," police said. "We would also like to inform residents that door-to-door vending requires a permit from the Athens-Clarke- County Finance Department."

In other words, whoever is trying to put these fake cures and treatments on the market is also facing additional violations if they're caught.

Anyone who spots the alleged scammers should report them to police, authorities said. And one of the most obvious signs of a scammer would be callers or those going from one door to the other.

And while there is no cure of vaccine on the market to handle a case of COVID-19, that doesn't mean there aren't preventative measures.

Police urged the public to take shelter and remain there when possible to avoid unnecessary contact with others. Residents should also wash their hands frequently.

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