Officials say there’s a new scam popping up across Minnesota that keys off the state Health Department’s efforts to locate recent contacts of those diagnosed with COVID-19. The Health Department’s Kris Ehresmann (AIRZ-man) says the scammer’s call is plausible at first: they explain the situation and tell the intended victim that they must be tested for COVID…

“However, the next step is *not* what you should expect.   They asked this individual for a credit card number so that they could send him a testing kit.”

Ehresmann says health officials would never ask for money or a credit card number.

Ehresmann says depending on sharing permission they have for a particular COVID case…

“We may or may not be able to tell you who the individual was. However, we will never… ask for credit card information.   We will never ask you for any money.”