NEWS | July 14, 2020

Be alert: Scammers exploiting California’s COVID-19 contact tracing program

California Connected, California’s contact tracing program, is a confidential process used by public health departments to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Under this program, public health representatives will telephonically interact with those who have tested positive and alert anyone who may have exposed, keeping this information confidential.

Scammers are impersonating contact tracers so that they can profit from the current health emergency. Along with calls, they send out links in text messages about fake COVID-19 cases. Scammers may ask for sensitive information such as your Social Security number, financial data, and other things not required for authentic contact tracing.

Tips on identifying COVID-19-themed scams and reporting resources (also see graphic at left):

  • Be wary of suspicious emails, phone calls, and text messages.
  • Think before clicking on any links or attachment sent to you.
  • Contact the local health department to verify the message you received is valid.

For additional information, visit:

California Connected contact tracing program

California Department of Public Health COVID-19 page