COVID 19 Scams

Public officials are warning people about the scams that are being attempted throughout the area related to the COVID 19 pandemic.

South Dakota Better Business Bureau Director Jessie Schmidt says one scam involves sending text messages to people telling them they need to pay for a mandatory COVID 19 test, a test that does not exist.

Schmidt says another current scam involves convincing people that they can speed up delivery of their federal COVID 19 stimulus checks which will either be direct deposited or sent through the mail.

Schmidt says people should not be replying to any phone calls or text messages from someone they do not know.

Schmidt says one warning sign of a potential scam is a message or phone call that tells the person that in order to receive their stimulus money, they need to pay a delivery fee or taxes before receiving the check from the federal government.