New COVID-19 scams have emerged

New scams have emerged during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Attorney General Ashley Moody)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Attorney General Ashley Moody issued a Consumer Alert about new COVID-19 scams.

The Consumer Alert said the scams run include text messages and phone calls from scammers claiming to be health workers offering free COVID-19 tests. The alert warns Floridians to be on the lookout for scams and never give out personal or financial information.

There is also reports of people receiving text messages asking them to click on a link to claim a $1,000 payment connected to a COVID-19 federal stimulus package. Officials say the link most likely contained malware. Officials say never click on any links in unsolicited messages.

There are also reports from South Florida law enforcement agencies about people dressed in white lab coats and masks claiming to be Centers for Disease Control and Prevention workers. The scammers are allegedly knocking on doors and offering free COVID-19 tests. The CDC wants to remind people they are not sending people door-to-door to test for COVID-19. Officials say If a CDC impersonator shows up at your door, do not let them in. Close the door and call 911.

Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “Sadly, scammers never stop trying to make a dishonest dollar—not even amid a pandemic. If you receive an unsolicited text message, email, phone call or any other communication claiming a cash payment, government benefit or other COVID-19 related offer, be very suspicious. Guard your personal and financial information and report scams to my office.”

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