People Are Falling For Vaccine Scams – Here’s How To Avoid Getting Tricked

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Vaccine Scam

Don’t fall victim to this vaccine scam involving surveys after receiving one or both COVID-19 shots.

Scammers have been profiting off COVID-19 for almost a year.

Since May 2020, countless scams have popped up, tricking people out of their money, or worse, their identity by gathering the social security numbers and banking information of unsuspecting victims.

The FTC is now warning people of another new vaccine scam involving unsolicited texts and emails offering a “reward” for filling out a survey about the vaccination process.

The email or text message claims to be from one of the pharmaceutical companies producing an approved COVID-19 vaccine.

Here’s the explanation from the Federal Trade Commission.

People across the country are reporting getting emails and texts out of the blue, asking them to complete a limited-time survey about the Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca vaccine. (And no doubt, there may be one for Johnson & Johnson, too.)

In exchange, people are offered a free reward but asked to pay shipping fees.

If you get an email or text like this, STOP. It’s a scam.

No legitimate surveys ask for your credit card or bank account number to pay for a “free” reward.

The Better Business Bureau issued an alert about survey scams and offered these tips on spotting vaccine scams, COVID-19 related tricks, or really any scam.

First, if an email claims to have information about you but you never signed up for emails, that’s a huge sign the offer is a scam.

The second warning sign is any offer that needs people to act immediately or puts a time constraint on the offer.

Other dead giveaways are typos, strange phrasing, and bad grammar. According to the BBB, one of the vaccine scam emails had an old Pfizer logo attached.

And finally, hover your mouse over the hyperlink the email wants you to click. If the text to click says something different than the URL that shows up in the bottom left-hand corner of your internet browser, the email is a complete scam.

If you’ve received an email or text requesting personal information and you think it could be a scam, report it to the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

[via Federal Trade Commission]

Author
Chris Illuminati

Chris Illuminati is the author of five books and has written about personal finance, wealth, debt management, and entrepreneurship for numerous outlets including Wise Bread, Grow or Die, and Bankrate.

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