Published on April 26th, 20210
COVID Vaccine Survey Scam
“Your Opinion is Needed for COVID-19 Vaccine Research,” the email said. “Complete this short 30-second survey about your experience with Moderna COVID-19 VACCINE to select one of our exclusive reward offers (minimum value $90).”
The only problem was “accepted” implies that we applied to take the survey and no such application had been submitted. In fact, the so-called Modern Immunity Research Survey is not a real survey – based on the email, Moderna Immunity Research Survey would have made more sense – but rather a trick to get you to pay a small shipping fee for a reward and then charge you full price in about two weeks.
After completing the seven-question survey and selecting a dash cam that promised to get us out of traffic tickets as our reward, we were taken to a page requesting our shipping and credit card information. It seemed all we had to do was pay $5.95 for shipping and the dash cam (valued at $79.99, a little below the minimum value mentioned in the email) was ours – that is, until we scrolled down to the bottom of the page – past the big green “ORDER NOW” button – and read the following fine print (emphasis added):
Survey says: That’s how scams work.
If you have gotten the vaccine and want to share your experience, be wary of survey offers that ask for personal and financial information to receive a reward. If you haven’t gotten the vaccine and are thinking about buying a fake vaccine card advertised on social media or an e-commerce platform like eBay, you might want to rethink that. Not only does it put yourself and others at increased risk of contracting COVID-19, it’s illegal.