ECDOH warns of scammers posing as contact tracers

Posted at 1:41 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 13:41:27-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The Erie County Department of Health is warning residents of scammers posing as contact tracers.

"Scammers and thieves take advantage of every opportunity to fish for information that can be used to open up credit accounts in your name, steal directly from your accounts or to create a more elaborate scam. COVID-19 is one of those opportunities," ECDOH said in a Facebook post.

The department of health says if someone calls to report test results or to tell you that you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 the only "identifying" information they will ask for is:

  • Your name.
  • Your address.
  • Your contact phone number.
  • Your date of birth.

ECDOH says an Erie County or New York State contact tracer will never ask for a driver's license number, social security number, credit card or bank account information.