By Guest Contributor

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released a warning that scammers are utilizing a new scam, sending bogus COVID vaccine surveys via texts and emails. This is a simple ploy to steal your money and/or identity.

People who receive the message are asked to complete a limited-time survey about the different vaccines and once completed, will receive a gift but are asked to pay shipping fees. This is a scam! Legitimate surveys do NOT ask for credit/debit cards or banking information.

Scam Safety Tips

  • If you receive an email or text you are unsure about, never click on any links and/or attachments.
  • Never call the phone number provided in the communication. If you want to contact the company, find their correct phone number online and call them directly.
  • Never give out personal information, credit/debit card and banking information to any company/person that calls unexpectedly.
  • If you believe you have received a scam email/text, report it to the FTC at