The U.S. Department of Justice is warning consumers about fraudulent COVID-19 vaccine surveys. These fraudulent emails and texts promise prizes or cash at the conclusion of the survey, but the real purpose is to steal money and capture personal information from victims. Participants are promised that they can choose an iPad Pro or other prizes, and only have to pay shipping and handling.
Victims who provide their credit-card numbers and are duly charged for the shipping and handling, but never receive the prizes. In addition, they are probable victims of identity theft.
The Department of Justice advises consumers to never click on links in texts or emails that claim to be a vaccine survey, or in any unsolicited email or text. The DOJ also urges them to report the communication to the National Center for Disaster Fraud.