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FTC warns of COVID-19 scams

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As the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic continues,
Scammers have started impersonating contact tracers in texts and calls, claiming the contacted party has been exposed to COVID-19 and needs to act quickly. Scam text messages often include links to websites that request Social Security numbers or insurance information. Some even attempt to collect bogus payments for testing. Clicking these links can also download malware onto a mobile device, allowing scammers to access your personal data. In addition to bogus texts, identity thieves are also using robocalls and voicemail call-back tracing scams to steal a target’s money, personal details, and insurance information.

Be aware, legitimate contact tracers will not ask for:

  • Insurance information
  • Bank account information
  • Credit card numbers
  • Social Security numbers
  • or payment

If a caller asks for any of the above, hang up, it’s a scam.

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