Scammers seeking to capitalize on coronavirus contact tracing are about as brazen as trouble makers can get, Dr. Jarrod Sadulski on the InPublicSafety blog advises.
“As the coronavirus pandemic evolved,” he reports, “local health departments have been very proactive in contact tracing. Intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus, contact tracing involves identifying other people who may have been exposed once someone has a confirmed case of COVID-19…
“While technology aids contact tracing to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the Better Business Bureau says that scammers and identity thieves have exploited legitimate contact tracing. The scams include unsolicited messages through texts, emails, and even social media messages that advise a victim that he or she has been exposed to someone who has a confirmed case of the coronavirus case. These scams commonly include a link to access additional information.
“Due to coronavirus fears, victims open the link within these scam emails or messages. Similar to many other cyber attacks and identity theft scams, personal information is often stolen as a result.
“Victims of this scam may provide personally identifying information such as Social Security numbers or dates of birth. The messages they receive are so convincing that victims believe they are communicating with a legitimate contact tracer through a local health department.”
So, again, be careful about who you may be communicating with on the wild and wooly Internet.