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Scam targeting residents who received COVID-19 vaccination

FAKE VACCINE SURVEY
King City Police Department

KING CITY, Calif. (KION) The King City Police Department is warning residents of a scam targeting people who have received their COVID-19 vaccination.

The department says victims will either be targeted via email or text after receiving their COVID-19 vaccine, asking them to participate in a fake post-vaccine survey. The survey promises either cash or a prize, like an iPad Pro, once completed.

All the victim needs to do is submit their credit card information to pay for shipping and handling to receive their "prize," however, the prize never comes.

The department says the victims are exposing their personally identifiable information to the scammers, which increases the probability of their identity being stolen and/or sold.

To prevent a scam like this from happening to you, it's important to note that Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are not conducting post-vaccine surveys. The department says any emails seeking personal financial information sent on behalf of these companies are fake. Do not open any of the messages or respond with any personal information.

If you are victim to a post-vaccine survey scam:

  • Report the activity to the online payment service used for the financial transaction.
  • Contact your bank upon discovering any fraudulent or suspicious activity within your account(s).
  • Report the crime to www.IPRCenter.gov.
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Dominoe Ibarra

Dominoe Ibarra is a producer and editor at KION News Channel 5/46.

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  1. I am ashamed that I fell for that one, even though I quickly exited without purchasing anything, but….my bank quickly gave me a text, then a phone call. The fraudulent charges (35 bucks) was rejected and card cancelled. I walked into the bank the next day and they gave me a new card. This particular scam was not so much about free since there were shipping and handling charges involved, but once I realized it might be a scam, I exited without placing an order. Thins are so bad right now, Chase rejected one of my purchases at the U.S. Post Office today and I had to call and accept the attempted charges. It can be an inconvenience but it is better than being scammed. Be careful out there folks. Also this is not a King City exclusive. This scam is all over the internet, email and text systems.

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