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Perry Police warn of scam call going around


The Perry Police Department wants to warn the public of a scam call that is going around. The call goes as follows:

Caller – “Good morning, According to our system, you are likely to have been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This means that you now need to self-isolate for 7 days and take a COVID-19 test.”

Individual – “Okay. Can you tell me who this person was?”

Caller – I’m not able to tell you that. That is confidential information.”

Individual – “Right. Um… so…”

Caller – “But you do need to be tested within the next 72 hours. So can I just get the best mailing address so that we can send a kit to you?”

Individual – “Okay (gives address)”

Caller – “Thank you, and I just need to take a payment card so that we can finalize this and send the kit to you.”

Individual – “Sorry, a payment card? I thought this was all free?”

Caller – “No, i’m afraid not. There is a one-off fee of $50 for the kit and test results. Could you read off the long card number for me, please, when you’re ready.”

Individual – “No. That’s not right.”

Caller – “I’m afraid it is. Can you give me the card number please? This is very important, and there are penalties for not complying.”

*Hangs up call*