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Davis police warn public of new COVID-19 text message scam

Sierra Rains
srains@ardmoreite.com
The Davis Police Department is warning individuals of a new COVID-19 text message scam being used to gather individuals’ personal information. Police say not to click on the link or fill out any information.

The Davis Police Department is warning individuals of a new COVID-19 scam that has been circulating the Texas area and may reach some southern Oklahomans.

Davis Chief of Police Danny Cooper said the text message scam has been used to gather individual's personal information by leading them to a fake website.

The text message tells individuals that they have come into contact with someone who tested positive or has shown symptoms for COVID-19 and recommends that they self-isolate or get tested, with a link offering more information.

However, the message is not from an official agency and individuals should not click on the link or fill out any information.

“Just don’t click on that link, delete it immediately,” Cooper said. “They’re just trying to gather your personal information.”

The Federal Trade Commission has also issued a warning against several different coronavirus scams that have appeared over the course of the pandemic and has a list of tips for individuals to help avoid falling victim to con artists. For more information, visit ftc.gov/coronavirus.

“Just be overly cautious because it’s about time for everybody to start doing the scams and everything now,” Cooper said.