Watch out for crooks selling fraudulent COVID-19 vaccine trials

Reporter: Rich Kolko Writer: Drew Hill
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A new warning being issued after a possible COVID-19 vaccine approval. Some of these clinical trials could be a scam.

If you get a text to participate in a clinical trial for the coronavirus vaccine, make sure it isn’t a scam.

The Better Business Bureau says they’ve seen scammers sending out text messages that offer upwards of $1,000 to participate in clinical trials. Within the text is a link for more information. If you happen to click on it, it could put malware on you compute or phone and put your personal information at risk, including passwords and banking information.

Or, there could be a questionnaire requesting your personal information.

To avoid clinical trial scams, there a couple of websites you can go to. You can verify clinical trials here or look them up on this website.

You should not have to pay to participate in clinical trials and remember not to give out your banking information.

While there are clinical trials happening for COVID-19 vaccines, they need volunteers and would not ask you to pay. Organizers won’t ask for personal information, especially not financial information.

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