Coronavirus Scam: Don’t Fall For This Fake COVID-19 Text Message

Police in Maine are warning the public after some residents have received a text from a scammer during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The text claims that you have come in contact with someone who has tested positive or is showing symptoms of the coronavirus. It says you must self-isolate and it directs you to click on 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.

Here’s an example of the message:

The warning has been shared more than 3,000 times on Facebook. The FCC says there are all kinds of phone scams “offering free home testing kits, promoting bogus cures, selling health insurance, and preying on virus-related fears.”

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.

Please share this article wherever you can. It is the only way we can work around their censorship and ensure people receive news about issues that the mainstream media suppress.

Alex D.

Alex D is a conservative journalist, who covers all issues of importance for conservatives. He writes for Supreme Insider, Red State Nation, Defiant America, and Right Journalism. He brings attention and insight from what happens in the White House to the streets of American towns, because it all has an impact on our future, and the country left for our children. Exposing the truth is his ultimate goal, mixed with wit where it's appropriate, and feels that journalism shouldn't be censored. Join him & let's spread the good word!