Unfortunately, many scammers use times of vulnerability and anxiety to their advantage for preying upon others. A new scam to be alert to is the contact tracing scam.
There’s no question, contact tracing plays a vital role in helping to stop the spread of COVID-19. But scammers, pretending to be contact tracers and taking advantage of how the process works, are also sending text messages. But theirs are spam text messages that ask you to click a link. Check out the image below. Unlike a legitimate text message from a health department, which only wants to let you know they’ll be calling, this message includes a link to click.
Don’t take the bait. To find out more about this scam and for helpful hints on ways to protect yourself, visit this post.