Authorities warn of COVID contact tracing scam | New Jersey News | #coronavirus | #scams | #covid19

Authorities are sounding the alarm over phone scammers who are posing as coronavirus contact tracers.

The prosecutor in Hunterdon County, New Jersey says residents having been getting phone calls from a person claiming to be a contact tracer with the county’s department of health.

The person then tries to get personal information.

The prosecutor says it appears the scammers are spoofing actual phone numbers of the health department.

Officials are urging everyone to not give out any kind of personal info.

“Please keep in mind that department of health employees never ask for an individual’s social security number, immigration status, credit card or banking information. County health employees do not share any immigration information with federal law enforcement agencies, and getting tested or treated for COVID-19 will not impact an undocumented person’s attempts at permanent U.S. residency,” officials said in a press release. 

Acting Prosecutor Williams added, “Contact tracing is vital to saving lives and stopping the spread of this deadly virus. It is understandable the recent information about these phone scams may be alarming, but it is still important to fully cooperate with health department officials.”

Added in the release is: 

When the health department calls, the nurse will identify themselves by name and as a nurse from the Health Department.  If they are a confirmed case, the health department will have information regarding their current COVID diagnosis and ask them for names and phone numbers of those who were exposed to them during their infectious period. When nurse calls the close contacts, they will advise them of their exposure and the recommendation to quarantine.  The nurse will also provide them with information about COVID and what to do if they become symptomatic.  

If you have any information about this scam, you’re asked to call at (908) 788-1129.

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