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Better Business Bureau warns of uptick in COVID-19 related scams

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Officials at the Better Business Bureau [BBB] said they've seen a big uptick in COVID-19 related scams, and they said you are the first line of defense for your personal information.

Better Business Bureau officials said phone calls and online scammers have been reaching out to people about medicine to treat or prevent COVID-19, helping people get more stimulus money, or asking for you to pay for a COVID-19 test while claiming to be 'contact tracing'.

They said it's important to only believe information from phone numbers you've verified yourself, and that there's no medicine, additional stimulus money, or test that anyone will ever call to ask money for.

"Always report these scams and helps us educate the public, it helps the FTC and the department of justice crack down on companies that are involved with helping scammers," said Quincy Regional BBB Director Mara Clingingsmith.

Quincy police said it's always important to remember to never give out your personal information over the phone or via online message if someone is reaching out to you first.

To report scams, you can reach out to police or the BBB.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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