Memorial Villages Police Department - Houston Texas
Serving the cities of Bunker Hill, Piney Point, and Hunters Creek in Houston, Texas
  Posted on: Saturday, May 23, 2020
Overnight 5/22/2020

There has been a whole lot of talk about contact tracing and the hiring of hundreds of individuals over the coming weeks in the Houston area, specifically for contact tracing of COVID-19 exposures. I personally am not exactly sure how this is going to work and to what level of access to personal information the “tracers” are going to have.

Unfortunately, of even greater concern, is how easily criminals can take advantage of the current COVID-19 pandemic and use the guise of being a Contact Tracer to obtain personal information that can lead to identity theft or fraud.

Until this process and/or need, can be figured out and verified, I strongly recommend that no one provide any personal information to anyone who claims to be a part of “Contact Tracing”. Under no circumstances provide any personal identifiers such as DOB, Social Security numbers, insurance numbers or policy info, passwords, banking or credit card information. Should you receive an inquiry from someone claiming to be a contact tracer informing you of a possible exposure to an infected individual, simply thank them and contact your primary healthcare provider for instructions specific to you.

Should someone show up at your front door unannounced, claiming to be a “Contact Tracer” give us a call so we can check them out, and verify that they are who they say they are.  

We will keep you informed over the coming weeks as we all learn more about contact tracing and what it is.

Have a great Saturday. 

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