SD Dept. of Health warns of COVID-19 phone scam
PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Health is warning residents of a phone scam being reported in the state.
Secretary of Health Kim Malsam-Rysdon said in a press conference Monday morning that scammers are calling people and telling them that they’ve come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and asking for credit card information so a test kit can be sent.
“When the Department of Health calls you, if you’ve been identified as a close contact, we will never ask you for credit card information or for any money to be sent,” said Malsam-Rysdon.
For close contacts to be made, residents are urged to answer the phone to allow the state to perform contact tracing but no money will ever be requested from the department of health.