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News: 06/15/2020

Consumer alert: COVID-19 contact tracing scams



The California State Attorney General's office has issued a consumer alert warning consumers about a new fraud scheme involving phony COVID-19 contact tracers.

Contact tracing is an important tool to slow the spread of coronavirus. This tool helps local public health departments identify people who may have been in contact with a COVID-19 infected individual. Once informed, people can quickly take proper precautions. In this new fraud scheme, scam artists pretend to be contact tracers to trick Californians into divulging their private personal information such as Social Security numbers, financial information, or health insurance information. These scam artists are contacting Californians by phone, email, or text.

"Legitimate contact tracers will never ask for personal information such as your Social Security number or financial information. It sickens the soul that there are people out there who make it their business to scam you as most of us seek to band together to respond to the coronavirus pandemic," said Attorney General Becerra."

To avoid falling victim to this scam, the California Department of Justice offers some tips and precautions:

 

  • Real contact tracers will only ask you about your medical symptoms and the people you may have been in contact with.
  • Real contact tracers will never ask for your Social Security number, financial or health insurance information.

 

If someone claiming to be a contact tracer asks for any kind of financial information or tries to charge you money, it is a scam! Please report it.

If you believe you have been the victim or target of a scam related to COVID-19, please immediately file a complaint at ‪www.oag.ca.gov/report.



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