Scammers turning to contact tracing schemes
September 9, 2021
Wahkiakum Health and Human Services has learned of an increase in the number of scams related to covid-19 and contact tracing.
According to a press release from the department, some people have been receiving alerts on their phones that take them to an official looking website asking for personal information. Others have received calls from someone who is not a WHHS employee and is asking for information.
These are scams designed to prey on people’s good will, according to WHHS.
According to the release, if you have been tested for covid-19, you will be contacted by the place where your test was conducted, and the health department will follow up with a phone call. If you were determined to be a close contact to someone who has been diagnosed with covid-19, you will be notified by the health department with a phone call as well. If you are signed up for the Washington Notify app on your phone, you may receive a notification, but it will not start asking for personal information.
If you are unsure if a call is legitimate, disconnect and call the health department directly at 360-795-6207 to confirm whether it is legitimate or not.
If you are contacted by WHHS, it is crucial that you answer or return the call. The information exchanged in those calls is extremely important to containing the spread of the disease.
Employees of WHHS who perform the outreach are being met with significant hostility and resistance. They are trying to do a very stressful job to the best of their efforts. The public’s patience, cooperation, and kindness with these employees is very much appreciated.