BBB Warns Oklahomans To Protect Themselves From COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Scams


Tuesday, December 8th 2020, 5:06 pm
By: Kelsey Kernstine


COVID-19 vaccine distribution is ramping up all across the world, but that doesn't mean clinical trials are over for the virus.

Scammers are making people think they can make the big bucks getting involved in a trial.

The Better Business Bureau said scammers' newest tactic is sending people a text message saying, "You can earn up to $1,200" if you sign up for a clinical trial.

Kitt Letcher with the BBB said it’s fake and to stay away from these links.

“Those links download malware to your computer, they can make them freeze up, they can delete information you are trying to retain, it can go in there and comb through for financial information,” Letcher said.

Letcher said whatever you do, don’t give out your information.

"People are being asked to give their financial information so that they can be paid for their clinical trials," she said.

Scammers are stealing people's money but also stealing people's identities.

Letcher said if you're looking to get involved in a clinical trial, no payment will be required.

The BBB recommends that people do their research and protect your information.

"Make sure these trials are happening through a university or hospital,” Letcher said.

To find out more information, head over to BBB.org/scamtracker or clinicaltrials.com.