LAFAYETTE - July 10th is the first of five deadlines to apply for our states "shot at a million" vaccine campaign. However this intended motivational move has quickly taken a left turn.
An incentive meant to help vaccinate people and potentially add some financial stability to a few Louisiana residents has now turned into a scam that's mimicking our states Covid-19 vaccine lottery.
The Better Business Bureau is warning Louisiana residents about a new scam - locals say they've been getting phone calls from people claiming to help them register for Louisiana's "shot at a million" vaccine lottery.
"If you don't know the person thats calling you and asking for your information please don't hand it out." said Zachery
Lafayette resident John Zachery says scammers is one of the main reasons he won't be entering for his chance to have a shot at a million dollars
"Before you give out your information make sure it's somebody that you know and you trust very dearly because otherwise you're giving out your information to somebody like that, that could put your life in danger." said Zachery
Those dangers include identity theft says Better Business Bureau of Acadiana's Vice President and COO Chris Babin.
"Your name, date of birth, address, other information's on there. that information could open up some opportunities for scammers to discover what your social security number is." said Babin
To protect yourself from these scam alerts understand that no law enforcement official or government agency will ever ask you for any personal information over the phone.
"They have different tools and resources that they try to use to put information together to try and create a full profile and steal the identity." said Babin
The BBB says caller I.D. is'nt trustworthy either because scammers can manipulate phone systems . For the scammers watching Zachery has a message for you on behalf of Lafayette residents.
"All you robot people calling, look on this camera very closely. I don't know y'all stop callin my phone, period." said Zachery
Personal information about you can also be taken from your vaccination card so please don't share it. Remember, entering the vaccine lottery is free, no money is required.
If you or someone you know is still interested in applying for your chance to win a million dollars in cash or scholarship prizes take a look at the deadlines below.
Schedule of drawings:
Enter by July 9, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. CDT for the July 14 drawing
Enter by July 16, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. CDT for the July 21 drawing
Enter by July 23, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. CDT for the July 28 drawing
Enter by July 30, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. CDT for the August 4 drawing
Enter by July 31, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. CDT for the August 6 Grand Prize Drawing