New COVID-19 “Booster” scams are on the rise.
With more older people receiving booster shots, scammers are seizing the opportunity to defraud health care companies by sending out fake vaccine surveys offering cash prizes in return for completing the survey.
The surveys, which are sent by email or text, appear at first glance to be from known vaccine drug companies, such as Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson. But, in reality, the fake surveys are part of a multi-layered scheme designed to steal victims’ information and help criminals defraud the system.
The scam works like this: The victim receives an email or text asking them to take a vaccine survey in return for a cash prize. The prize is often described as a $50 gift card, or as having “a minimum value of $90.”
Inside the email is a graphic…