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Nevada Health Response warns public of contact tracing scams

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The COVID-19 pandemic has birthed a new type of scam involving one of the most important aspects of stopping the virus: contact tracing.

The Nevada Health Response Center is warning the public to beware and offered five tips to help you recognize a potential fraud.

Don't take the bait! Contract tracing scams have emerged amid the COVID-19 outbreak. A contact tracer from your state health department might call if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, but scammers are pretending to be contact tracers, too. Here’s how you can spot the scam. pic.twitter.com/8fkkn4ruGp

— @NVHealthResponse (@NVHealthRespon1) July 1, 2020

Health Department contact tracers will contact individuals who have been exposed to the coronavirus. The following is what you should keep in mind when determining the tracer’s legitimacy:

  • Real contact tracers won’t ask for money
  • Contact tracing doesn’t require your bank account or credit card number
  • Legitimate tracers won’t ask for your Social Security number
  • Tracers won’t ask your immigration status, as it doesn’t matter for contact tracing
  • Do not click on a link in a text or email

To report a scammer, click here for the Nevada Attorney General or here for the Federal Trade Commission.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, contact tracers locate and speak with COVID-19 patients, assist with arranging patient isolation and work with patients to identify others who they have been in contact with.

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