Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita and Indiana State Health Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box are warning Hoosiers of a new scam targeting individuals who have received their COVID-19 vaccine.
According to AG Rokita, the AG's Office and the Indiana State Department of Health have recently received reports of unsolicited emails and texts asking them to complete a survey about the Pfizer, Moderna, or AstraZeneca vaccine.
The scammers offer a free product in exchange for completing the survey but ask the victim to pay shipping and handling fees. AG Rokita says that the scammers will then bill the victim, but never send them the product.
“Hoosiers should keep their guard up, safeguard their personal information, and take steps to avoid becoming victims of a scam,” Attorney General Rokita said. “If you receive an unsolicited message offering money or a reward related to the COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage you to file a report with our Office’s Consumer Protection Division. Our Office relies, in part, on consumer complaints to conduct investigations into scams and scammers.”
AG Rokita provides to following tips to help individuals identify and avoid these scams:
- Don’t give your financial, medical, or personal information to anyone claiming to offer money or gifts in exchange for your participation in a COVID-19 vaccine survey.
- Carefully examine any message that claims to be from a trusted source. Don’t call or use the number in the email or text. If you want to call the company that supposedly sent the message to verify its legitimacy, look up its phone number online.
- Don’t click on any links or open attachments. Doing so could install harmful malware that steals your personal information without you realizing it.
Hoosiers are encouraged to contact the Office of the Indiana Attorney General regarding any suspected scams or scam attempts. Consumers may file a complaint online by visiting indianaconsumer.com or by calling 1-800-382-5516.
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