TORONTO -- Health authorities in Niagara Region are warning about a COVID-19 vaccination scam.

It appears someone is calling residents to schedule a vaccination appointment.

The caller also asks for payment.

Health officials say they aren't calling about appointments and never ask for money for COVID-19 immunizations.

They also warn against providing personal information, such as health or credit card numbers.

They advise hanging up if you get such a call, and to call police if you lose money.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 10, 2021.