Attorney general cautions against COVID-19 contact tracing scams

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Montana Attorney General Tim Fox wears a mask while touring the COVID-19 isolation and quarantine facility at MetraPark in Billings on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

MIKE CLARK, Billings Gazette

Contact tracers with local health departments will never ask for payment, a social security number or immigration status, according to a warning from the state’s top prosecutor.

Attorney General Tim Fox reminded Montana residents in an announcement that contact tracers, those tasked with identifying whoever may have come into contact with a COVID-19 patient, will ask for personal information but never a credit card number.

“Unfortunately, there are scammers trying to profit from the

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