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Don't fall for bogus COVID-19 vaccine survey scam

Federal Trade Commission issues warning
Scammers using bogus COVID-19 survey to dupe consumers
Posted at 10:48 AM, Mar 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-30 10:49:00-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Scammers are using a new trick to steal your personal information in the form of a “bogus” COVID-19 vaccine survey.

The Federal Trade Commission issued a warning about the emails and texts, which can appear to be legitimate to many consumers.

Typically, the text or email will ask you to complete a limited-time survey about the Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca vaccine. In exchange, you may be offered a free reward, as long as you pay the shipping fees. It’s a scam, according to the Federal Trade Commission.

“No legitimate surveys ask for your credit card or bank account number to pay for a ‘free’ reward,” said the FTC.

The agency recommends:

  • Don’t click on any links or open attachments. Doing so could install harmful malware that steals your personal information
  • Don’t call or use the number in the email or text. If you want to call the company that supposedly sent the message, look up its phone number online.

The FTC reminds consumers:

  • Don’t give your bank account, credit card, or personal information to someone who contacts you out of the blue.
  • You can filter unwanted text messages on your phone, through your wireless provider, or with a call-blocking app.
  • If you get an email or text that asks for your personal information and you think it could be a scam, report it to the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

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