TRUST INDEX: Are the text messages recruiting people for COVID-19 case studies legitimate?
SAN ANTONIO – Two people who received these text messages asking them to participate in a COVID-19 case study for a hefty compensation asked the KSAT Trust Index Team to see if real companies are recruiting study participants by text. To determine the legitimacy of the texts, KSAT’s Trust Index Team cast a wide web, reaching out to hospital systems, research centers and consumer watchdogs. Never click on unknown/unsolicited links.”Baptist Health System:“These are likely to be illegitimate and could be phishing attacks by cyber criminals. Never give out that information to someone you don’t know.”------------Dr. Berggren wants the public to be aware of the many legitimate studies currently being conducted by researchers working to defeat COVID-19. In terms of recruitment for COVID-19 studies, KSAT is marking this “Be Careful” on the Trust Index.