When in crisis, we're often at our most vulnerable. It's important to be aware of possible scams related to the COVID-19 virus.
Some Dakota County residents have reported phone calls, text messages and door-to-door scams about COVID-19 testing kits, bogus cures, health insurance and donating to fraudulent charities — all preying on virus-related fears.
Here are tips to protect yourself:
- Do not respond to calls, texts or emails from unknown numbers or organizations.
- Avoid clicking on any links or opening email attachments.
- Use trusted sources — such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Minnesota Department of Health — for facts about COVID-19.
- Scammers often spoof phone numbers, so it appears that an incoming call is from a local number or from a company or a government agency that you know and trust.
- Never share personal or financial information over the phone or through email or text messages.
COVID-19 scams can be reported by calling 911.