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Did you receive a text with a survey about your vaccine? It’s one of those scams that just keeps reappearing, each time with a new twist. This time, the phony survey claims to be from pharmaceutical company Pfizer, with questions about their COVID-19 vaccine. 

In this scam, you receive an email or text message that claims to be from Pfizer, one of the pharmaceutical companies producing an approved COVID-19 vaccine. In some versions, the message claims that you will receive money for completing a quick survey. Other versions offer a "free" product. 

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The definition of illegal stalking would be expanded to include social media and other technology under a proposed law that passed the House and was debated by a Senate committee on Monday.

Lane Roberts, a Republican from Joplin, said the bill expands the kind of conduct that is illegal.

“All this does is modify the definition of ‘course of conduct’. Makes it more specific so that we account for the use of technology and third parties for stalking purposes.”

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Gift cards have become a multibillion-dollar industry, a gift that always fits and stands up to social distancing. Worldwide, consumers spent billions on gift cards last year. However, that total comes with an asterisk - it includes the gift cards on which scammers increasingly rely to extract payment from their victims.

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The GameStop stock saga inspired many would-be investors to try their hand at trading stocks through an app. In fact, MarketWatch reported that mobile trading apps downloads climbed in February – a trend that is likely to continue.

Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau is alerting the public to a con where scammers are again impersonating Amazon.com, this time through a text scam that claims you’ve won a raffle for a fitness watch, earbuds, or other tech gadget.

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