AG warns of new coronavirus scam

Published: Apr. 9, 2020 at 2:41 PM CDT
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Attorney General Derek Schmidt is warning Kansans of a new coronavirus text message scam.

The text message scam, as reported to the attorney general’s office, reads: “Someone who came in contact with you tested positive or has shown symptoms for COVID-19 & recommends you self-isolate/get tested.” The text then contains a link to a website for more information. Consumers are advised to ignore the message and not to click on the link.

“The situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak has created a new avenue for scammers to take advantage of the public’s apprehension and uncertainty,” Schmidt said. “We’ve received numerous complaints regarding different types of scams, but this one was particularly egregious for attempting to mislead those targeted into thinking they might have contracted the virus. Anyone who receives this message should not respond, and instead contact our office or appropriate local authorities for help.”

Schmidt said his office has received several reports of COVID-19-related scams circulating in the state, including sales of faulty products advertised as coronavirus prevention measures or treatments, as well as scammers impersonating federal, state or local government officials.

If you have been contacted by a COVID-19 scammer, you are encouraged to file a complaint with the attorney general's Consumer Protection Division online on a form specifically designed to cover COVID-19-related scams and price gouging at Consumers may also contact the office by phone at (800) 432-2310 to request a paper complaint form be sent by mail.