The Better Business Bureau is sounding the alarm in hopes you won’t be fooled.
Con artist are offering up ways to get a vaccine by telling people they can take part in clinical trials. False offers like this are likely to continue as COVID-19 cases skyrocket.
“Basically what happens you’ll get a text message, possibly an email, or a Facebook or social media message stating ‘Hey, you could qualify for a clinical trial and make money doing it,’” said Rihanna Smith Hamblin, with the BBB.
Scammers might offer hundreds or thousands of dollars, but there’s usually a catch and they might ask for money up front or personal information.
Watch out for red flags -- if you haven’t inquired about a clinical trial and you get a message about one, delete it.
Real clinical trials will never ask you to pay them.
“If you get the text, they will ask you to click on a link or download some type of document,” Hamblin said. “If you are downloading a document, you could be putting malware on your computer. That’s a big problem, they are trying to take your information. If you click on a link, they might be fishing throughout your personal information.”
Never give out your Social Security number and never share financial information -- like your bank account or routing number -- unless you are 100% sure who you are doing business with.
Once a COVID-19 vaccine is approved, Henry Ford says it is prepared to receive and store the vaccine -- which requires storage at extremely low temperatures.
Drug companies Pfizer and Moderna have both developed promising COVID-19 vaccines that are nearing approval in the U.S. Both vaccines also require unique storage to maintain their potency and efficacy.