New Scam Alert

Police are warning the public about a new coronavirus-related scam. 

The scam involves a text message that tells people they’ve come in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. The text urges people to self-isolate and click a link for more information. 

“DO NOT click the link!” the Thomaston (Maine) Police Department warned. “It is not a message from any official agency. It is however a gateway for bad actors to find their way into your world.”

The department issued the warning after several people reported receiving the text. 

“The virus is not the only invisible enemy. Be vigilant against all threats!” the department wrote on Facebook. How To Empty Your Bowels Every Morning – Top Surgeon Explains HowHow To Clean Your Guts Every Day – Top Surgeon ExplainsSponsored by Guthealthwellness See More

According to the Federal Trade Commission, Americans have lost $13.4 million to coronavirus-related fraud since the beginning of the year. However, that figure could be much higher since not all consumers report fraud to the agency.

Aside from bogus text messages, the other top COVID-19 schemes are related to travel and online shopping. Phone scammers are also posing as government officials amid the pandemic, the FTC warned. 

If you’re getting calls, emails or texts, or seeing related offers online, here are some things to keep in mind: 

  • First, the government will never call out of the blue to ask for money or your personal information (like Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers).
  • Anyone who tells you to pay by Western Union or Money Gram, or by putting money on a gift card, is a scammer. The government and legit businesses will never tell you to pay with those methods.