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BBB warns of COVID-19 vaccine trial scams

If you did not request information on a study or sign up for a study, then don't trust anything coming to you out of the blue.
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INDIANAPOLIS — The Better Business Bureau is warning about scams surrounding COVID-19 vaccine trials.

The scammers know some people can't wait to get the vaccine and they're trying to take advantage of that. They're calling, texting and using emails to offer people a "chance to take part in a clinical trial."

They may then ask for personal information, including a social security number. Some of the scams offer to pay you and then ask for bank account or a routing number.

"If you get the text, they will ask you to click on a link or download some type of document. If you are downloading a document, you could be putting malware on your computer. That's a big problem. They are trying to take your information. If you click on a link, they might be fishing throughout your personal information," said Rihanna Smith Hamblin, BBB.

If you did not request information on a study or sign up for a study, then don't trust anything coming to you from out of the blue.

Another way to check if a clinical trial is legitimate is to check the government listing here.