Scammers Are Targeting COVID-19 Contact Tracing Efforts

How to keep yourself safe

George J. Ziogas
3 min readAug 24, 2020
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The novel coronavirus dubbed COVID-19 is perhaps the most communicable disease the world has seen in nearly a century. Given the easy transmissibility of the illness, contact tracing has taken on a new significance.

If you were exposed to someone who later tested positive for COVID-19, you’d want to know about it. That early warning could be key to protecting yourself and your family members, and once you know, you can schedule your own test and impose your own household lockdown.

Contact tracing is obviously an important part of COVID-19 mitigation efforts, but there’s a growing problem that could jeopardize those efforts. Scammers are now targeting the contact tracing process, preying on the confusion and misinformation that surrounds the novel coronavirus.

So how do you know if the person claiming to be a contact tracer is legitimate, and that they’re not simply trying to steal your personal information and separate you from your hard-earned money?

Here are some key things to watch out for when contact tracers come calling.

The Vast Majority of Contact Tracing Takes Place on the Phone



George J. Ziogas

Vocational Education Teacher | HR Consultant | Personal Trainer | Manners will take you where money won't |