Shasta County Public Health warns residents about scam phone calls: News roundup

Shasta County is warning residents to be aware of recent scams and fraudulent activities by individuals posing as public health officials.

The Health and Human Services Agency has received tips from the public of scam phone calls and Facebook posts.

The Shasta County Health and Human Services Public Health branch on Sunday, April 5, 2020.

The Shasta County Health and Human Services Public Health branch on Sunday, April 5, 2020.

“The phone scammers say they are calling from Shasta County Public Health and request information on vaccination status. The Facebook scammer claimed to be an agent of Shasta County Public Health and requested money so that it can receive a large grant,” a county news release said.

Public Health officials will contact people who have been exposed to certain infectious diseases and may request health information related to them, but they will never solicit money from the public or ask for personal information, such as Social Security number or bank account information, the news release said.

For more information on how to avoid scams, go to the Federal Trade Commission Consumer Advice website at consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-avoid-scam.

Visit Report Fraud site at reportfraud.ftc.gov to report a scam.

— David Benda

David Benda covers business, development and anything else that comes up for the USA TODAY Network in Redding. He also writes the weekly “Buzz on the Street” column. He’s part of a team of dedicated reporters that investigate wrongdoing, cover breaking news and tell other stories about your community. Reach him on Twitter @DavidBenda_RS or by phone at 1-530-338-8323. To support and sustain this work, please subscribe today.

This article originally appeared on Redding Record Searchlight: Shasta County Public Health warns residents about scam phone calls

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.