FTC Warns of COVID-19 Vaccine Scam: What to Know

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Scammers are targeting people using an email “survey” about the COVID-19 vaccine. Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
  • The current pandemic has provided scammers new opportunities to defraud the public. The latest one is a fake COVID-19 vaccine “survey.”
  • Experts say it’s illegal to buy vaccines or a vaccination card privately — and there can be legal consequences for doing so.
  • They also say that you should be wary of any communication about the pandemic that doesn’t come from a recognized, official source, like the American Medical Association and others.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning Americans about reports received from across the country of a vaccine survey scam.

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

According to the FTC, people have…

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