PCSO warns of vaccination scams

POLK COUNTY — The Polk County Sherffif’s Office is warning residents about reports across the country of a vaccination scam.

People 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, the PCSO added. 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 PCSO recommends that if you get an email or text you’re not sure about:

Don’t click on any links or open attachments. Doing so could install harmful malware that steals your personal information without you realizing it.

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.

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.

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