Alberta Health Services warns against scam calls regarding coronavirus

Mar 19 2020, 9:07 am

It’s hard to believe it, but some scammers are taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alberta Health Services has cautioned residents to disregard any incoming phone calls claiming that they have tested positive for coronavirus and must provide their credit card information.

In an emailed statement to Daily Hive, AHS stated that it is “receiving reports of a phone scam in which residents are told they have tested positive for COVID-19. The caller then asks for credit card information.”

“AHS will never call and ask for credit card information. If you receive this call, please hang up immediately and report by calling the non-emergency line for local law enforcement.”

To determine if you should be tested for coronavirus, visit the Alberta Health self-assessment site.

With coronavirus on the rise, Health Canada is reminding individuals who attend events and large gatherings to monitor their health for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. And if you’re not feeling well, they recommend staying home at this time. Also, due to unexpected cancellations, please check the event you plan to attend is still taking place. Keep up with COVID-19 news here.