Local Law Enforcement Warns Public of Vaccine Phishing Scams | #phishing | #scams | #phishing scams

BURLINGTON COUNTY, NJ – Local law enforcement including the Burlington County Sheriff’s Department and the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office are making the public aware of vaccine scams that are currently circulating via text and e-mail.

In March, people around the country began receiving text messages and e-mails asking them to complete a time-sensitive survey about the Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson or AstraZeneca vaccines, which in turn promised various gifts and prizes, including expensive electronic items, for completing the survey. The text messages and e-mails request credit card or other bank and payment information for shipping and handling charges before sending the “free” prize for successfully completing the survey. These scams are commonly known as “phishing schemes”. 

The Federal Trade Commission wants the public to know that no legitimate company offering a survey will ever ask the user for credit card or bank account numbers to pay for a “free” reward. Unless they are sent from a known and verified source, consumers should never click on links in text messages and e-mails claiming to be a vaccine survey. 

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The Department of Justice is urging residents to report text messages or e-mails claiming to be COVID-19 vaccine surveys with links or other contact information to the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) at 866-720-5721 or via the NCDF Complaint Form at www.justice.gov/disaster-fraud.

For more examples of common COVID-19 phishing campaigns, visit the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell’s website HERE. 

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