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Area residents warned against scam tied to COVID-19 pandemic

Area law enforcement officials are warning residents about a scam connected to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Law enforcement officials are warning area residents about a texting scam connected to the COVID-19 crisis. Text messages similar to the one shown above are being sent out and contain links seeking personal information.

Area residents have reported receiving text messages like the one pictured above. It says that someone who has come in contact with you has either tested positive for COVID-19 or has shown symptoms. The text recommends that you self-isolate and get tested. It also includes a link that law enforcement says to avoid clicking into, as it’s fake.

The text message isn’t from an official agency and can be a gateway for scammers to find their way into your personal information, officials say.

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