Phony COVID-19 Vaccine Survey Alert

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reported yet another attempt by scammers to steal consumers’ personal information. This scam comes in the form of an email or text asking you to take a brief survey regarding your experience with the COVID-19 vaccine. 

What to look for

Survey participants are promised a free reward with a minimum value of $90. The phony-promised prize also comes with a catch. Not only will no prize be delivered, but victims of this scheme have been asked to pre-pay for the shipping charges, a common scammer technique.

The FTC warns that clicking on the links in the email or text may deploy malware on your device. If you enter your personal information in the bogus survey, scammers can use your information for identity theft purposes.

The FTC warns consumers to continue to be on the lookout for scams of this time.  Remember:

  • 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, tell the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

To learn more about COVID-related frauds and scams, visit ftc.gov/coronavirus/scams.

Christopher Dill
Christopher Dill
Christopher Dill is the Special Investigations Unit Director at ICW Group Insurance Company. A Fraud Claims Law Specialist designee, he was a recipient of the National Health Care Anti-Fraud Association’s Investigation of the Year Award for his significant contribution to the successful resolution of “Operation Back Lash” – one of the largest workers’ compensation health care bribery schemes ever uncovered in San Diego County. Christopher has participated in over 30 criminal cases surrounding medical and legal providers attempting to defraud the Workers’ Compensation system. Christopher’s approach to insurance fraud investigations is a holistic one. From preventative education campaigns, to data analytics, to time tested investigative, and intelligence gathering techniques, it is Christopher’s belief that a multi-faceted approach to insurance fraud is necessary to a successful defense.

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