With many companies intensely working on developing a vaccine to prevent the Coronavirus there are literally thousands of clinical trials being conducted. Many people are interested in participating in these trials both to be able to do something to contribute to the battle against the Coronavirus as well as to get the payment that participants in such clinical trials receive which is generally between $1,000 and $2,500. Unfortunately, as with everything else that is prominent in the minds of the public, scammers are all too willing to use Coronavirus clinical trials as a hook to scam people or make them victims of identity theft. They do this by luring you into participating in a phony clinical trial. These phony clinical trials are offered by scammers through legitimate appearing, but phony websites and through emails and other promotional material.
Some scammers will offer lists of clinical trials for a fee. This is unnecessary as the National Institues of Health offer a free searchable database of clinical trials on a wide variety of diseases including the Coronavirus. Hre is the link to that data base which will tell you what studies are recruiting particpants and their contact information. https://clinicaltrials.gov/
In addition, you can volunteer to participate in a Coronavirus clinical study through the National Institue of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Insatitues of Health through this link. https://www.coronaviruspreventionnetwork.org/
Scammers operating phony clinical trials will ask for personal information including your Social Security number that they will use to make you a victim of identity theft. While legitimate clinical trials will ask for necessary personal information such as your name, contact information, age, gender, race, ethnicity and pre-existing conditions you may have, they will never ask for your Social Security number. Some scammers will also ask for your bank account number and routing number in order to wire your payment for participating in the clinical study to your bank account, however, to be safe, you can ask that they merely send you a check so that you do not need to provide them with your banking information.
Never pay to participate in a study or to find out about clinical trials that may be seeking participants. You can get that information for free at the websites indicated above.
If you do apply to take part in a clinical study for a Coronavirus vaccine, never give them your Social Security number. They do not need it. Any study askinig for it is operated by a scammer seeking to make you a victim of identity theft.
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