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Knox County warns of fake contact tracing scam

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KNOX COUNTY (WEEK) -- A new COVID-19 scam is circulating, and the Knox County Health Department is warning residents not to fall victim to it.

In a Facebook post Friday, KCHD says people have been receiving calls that tell them they have been in contact with a COVID-19 positive person.

The caller then requests your credit card information and mailing address, so they can mail you a test kit.

The health department says these calls have no connection to them or any legitimate contact tracing efforts.

If you are contacted because you've had close contact with a COVID-19 positive person, you will not be asked for any financial information.

Also, the contact-tracing process does not involve at-home testing or receiving test kits in the mail.

If you get a call like this and suspect it is a scam, you are urged to hang up and call your local health department to confirm if they were actually trying to reach you.

The Knox County Health Department number is 309-344-2225.

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Posted by Knox County Health Department & Knox Community Health Center on Friday, August 7, 2020

Sheridan Swathwood

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