Beware of vaccination survey scams
March 18, 2021
Missoula Aging Services received reports of a new COVID-19 vaccine email scam where people are asked to complete a survey. They offer a free reward but ask people to pay a nominal fee "to cover shipping."
Survey scams like this are a creative way to steal your identity or money. Many survey scams offer a reward and give you a limited time to respond if you want to take the survey. A legitimate survey would not assign a time limit, nor would they ask for your credit card or bank account to pay for a reward.
Scammers know people have received vaccines and are capitalizing on it. Don't give out sensitive information. Fake surveys can be used for a myriad of uses - to steal your information, collect data about you to commit identity theft or even install malware on your computer when you click on a link in your email.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Center for Disease Control and the vaccine companies (Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson) are currently directing all vaccine recipients to enroll in the CDC V-Safe program as a post-vaccine monitoring mechanism at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/safety/vsafe.html. There is no other survey being recommended at this time.
Please contact Montana Senior Medicare Patrol, or SMP, at (800)-551-3191 if you have responded to this or a similar vaccine survey email.