Have you received a phone call, text message, email or even a visitor at your door informing you that someone you may have been in contact with was exposed to the novel coronavirus? That’s got to be an alarming message to receive no matter how careful you’ve been in your dealings with the public. And after hearing something like that, you’ll likely want to find out as much information as possible and cooperate with the health officials attempting to track down where the infection is cropping up.
But what if the person contacting you isn’t actually working with the government as a contact tracer? What if it’s just a way to scam you and steal your identity information? You might be wondering if anyone could really pull off such a thing. But wonder no more, because it’s already happening. People have been posing as official contact tracers and asking for a lot more information than you’re supposed to be giving. (CBS Los Angeles)
Authorities are warning the public of scammers posing as coronavirus contact tracers.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office says criminals are pretending to be gathering information about COVID-19 cases, but are asking for Social Security numbers, money, financial information and immigration status – information that is not needed for contact tracing.
Victims have been contacted via phone, text messages and emails.