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DEFENDERS: Scammers posing as contact tracers

Some people are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to try and get people's money.

Scammers are finding ways to use contact tracing for their personal gain.

For example, some potential victims might get an unsolicited message through text, email or on social media saying that they have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The message includes a link for the potential victim to click on for more information.

Experts say people should not click on links like this because it could contain malware.

Another scam includes phone calls where the caller claims to be part of "contact tracing efforts." The caller will then tell you that you've been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and will ask you to verify personal information like your name, birth date and even financial information.

Experts say real contact tracers will not ask people for money and that contact tracing does not require your bank account or credit card number. Contact tracers also will not ask you about your immigration status.

The Missouri Attorney General's Office said that so far it has not received any complaints about these specific scams. The office said it is still important for Missouri residents to be on the lookout for scams like these.

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ABC 17 News Team

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