• Cydney Thompson, Northeast Arkansas News

Avoiding COVID-19 Scams


Many state and local authorities are asking people to be aware that Coronavirus scams are on the rise.

The Arkansas Division of Emergency Management, warns people that some scammers are impersonating CDC employees.

The scammers are offering Coronavirus test for money and personal information.

THIS IS NOT REAL

“I don’t think it’s been that much worse during this Coronavirus thing, it’s just that I’m here more than I was before,” a Jonesboro resident said.

Other residents have sharing their concerns about a text being sent out asking for your social security number to qualify for the stimulus from the government or emails asking you to protect yourself.

Authorities do not suggest any reason to give this information out, because it could be the sign of a scammer.

“On my landline, unidentified caller, or it might say spam and have a question mark after it. Then on my cell phone, if I don’t recognize the number, I don’t answer it.”

If anyone comes in contact with the fake employees, you can file a consumer complaint with the attorney general’s office or make a scam report contact your local authorities.

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