The FCC is reminding folks not to fall for online or other scams related to COVID-19, tweeting that scammers are trying a new trick and citing a Federal Trade Commission warning.
The FTC is warning consumers not to respond to e-mails (pictured above) purporting to be surveys about the Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca vaccines.
The FTC said it has been contacted by people getting e-mails (and texts) asking them to complete a time-limited survey about the vaccines--it suggests a Johnson & Johnson vaccine scam variant can't be far behind--in exchange for a "free" reward, for which they are asked to pay shipping fees.
An FTC alert reminds consumers that no legitimate survey asks for credit card or bank info to provide a reward.
The FTC said don't click on any links or attachments or call a number in the e-mail or text. And DON'T give out credit card, account of personal info.
The FCC adds in its tweet that it has its own #COVID19 Consumer Warnings and Safety Tips web page that includes audio of scam calls and messages and sample hoax text.
Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.
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