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County leaders warn people to avoid fake COVID-19 text message link

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PHARR, Texas – County leaders are warning cell phone users to look out for phony COVID-19 text messages that are circulating the nation.

According to the Better Business Bureau, (BBB) the phony text message informs and directs recipients to self-isolate due to being in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

At the end of the message, there’s a hyperlink that looks official, but Cameron and Hidalgo health officials say it’s not what you think.

“If someone does get a message informing them, or asking them anything about their COVID-19 status that is not something they should be responding to, that is not something they should be sharing any of their personal medical information,” said Cameron County Public Health Director, Esmeralda Guajardo.

Carlos Sanchez, Hidalgo County Spokesperson says state health departments will never conduct business through text messages.

“If someone has been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 you may expect a telephone call in which they clearly identify who they are…they can provide the information and necessary directions for you to take in regard to the next steps for you to protect yourself,” Sanchez explained.

BBB officials say fake COVID-19 messages could be a way for users to phish for your personal information or download malware on your device.

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