The text that asks you about your COVID-19 status can be a scam. (John Wilson, KSL-TV)
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SALT LAKE CITY – Scammers have come up with another way to steal your personal information through text that asks you about your COVID-19 status and tries to steal your personal information.
It’s been two years since Lee Perry retired after a long career with the Utah Highway Patrol in Box Elder County.
“I miss people,” he said. “It will be a part of my DNA forever.”
At any moment, however, Perry still feels like the police. Especially when his phone rang at 1:30 last Sunday.
“That’s a text message I got,” he said, pointing to his cell phone.
This report asked him to confirm his COVID-19 status by clicking on the link.
“I’ve seen where if you looked at it and said, ‘Oh, I’d rather click there,’ and if so, you’re going to ask, and you’re wondering why they need it all?” Perry said. “Why do they need my social security number? Why do they need this information?”
He knew it was a scam. He also knew that some people would probably fail.
He decided to act and described the text and the fraud on his Facebook page, hoping to warn people.
“Actually, the point is that we have to take care of ourselves. And that’s the only advantage social networks I see is that we can share with each other and say, hey, it looks like, guys, this is a scam,” he said. .
Perry, who was also a Utah state official, said it was just the latest scam from fraudsters who would probably never be found.
“It’s almost impossible. It’s hard to prosecute these people because they mostly work outside the country,” Perry said. “They keep happening.”
There is also a similar scam where the group claims to be from Meals on Wheels in the Brigham City area, asking for money.
Perry talked to his mother about scams because, like many of her generation, she is the one who trusts the people who call her, he said.
“I tell people there, if you have an older parent, help them. Let’s hope my kids do the same for me and keep an eye on me when I’m older,” he said.
As for fraud, his message is now the same as when he was a newcomer.
“Nothing in this world is free when it comes to things like that,” Perry said.
His best advice for this latest scam?
Perry said delete it. Also warned by clicking on a link that can alert the fraudster that your cell phone number is an active number, which may prepare you for future fraud attempts.