Aug. 24, 2020 / Newspaper Columns

By State Rep. Tarah Toohil (R-Luzerne)

The Pennsylvania departments of Health and Aging are warning state residents about contact tracing scams.

Contact tracing is the process of identifying people who may have come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 so that they can quarantine and monitor for symptoms. Scammers are attempting to take advantage of how this process works by pretending to be contact tracers and trying to get personal information out of victims through phone calls or electronic messages.

A legitimate contact tracer may ask for verification of your date of birth, address, and any other phone numbers you may have; and if you have already tested positive for COVID-19 they may also ask for the date and location of where you were tested.

A contact tracer will never ask for your Social Security number, financial or bank account information, or personal details unrelated to your potential exposure to someone with COVID-19; personal information through SMS/text message or send you to any website link asking for personal information; photographs or videos of any kind; passwords; or money or payment.

A contact tracer will never share your information with any local, state or federal law enforcement agency. People who receive a call from a contact tracer are welcome to contact the Department of Health to verify their legitimacy by calling 1-877-PA HEALTH (1-877-724-3258).

Representative Tarah Toohil
116th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact: Rep. Toohil’s Office
717-260-6136 /