RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – With booster shots becoming more prevalent, there are warnings about fake vaccine surveys supposedly are from drug companies offering you a hefty prize if you complete the survey.
Law enforcement says it’s just a multi-pronged scheme working on several levels to steal your information and make it easier for criminals to defraud the system.
Thousands of us are getting an email or text asking us to take a vaccine survey that, in this case, is going to pay you cash.
How much cash is unclear.
A survey Consumer Investigator Steve Sbraccia received says in its subject line there’s a $50 gift card in it for you. But the body of the email says it’s a prize with a minimum value of $90.
When you open the email, you get a graphic that claims you’re getting an exclusive offer up to $100. That graphic then starts a countdown clock giving you seven minutes trying to pressure you to begin taking the survey.
“People are thinking they’re paying for a shipping fee,” said Stephanie Garland of the Better Business Bureau. “But, victims are finding out that they’re billing much more than just a shipping fee and they’re not sending a product.”
If you look closely at the sender of the survey – you can tell it’s a scam.