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Watch out for a Red Cross scam during the COVID-19 pandemic, sheriff's office says

The Kent County Sheriff's Office is warning the public about a Red Cross scam that are happening during this pandemic.
Credit: Kent County Sheriff's Office

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Kent County Sheriff's Office warned the public about a scam where individuals are impersonating Red Cross volunteers.

Deputies shared information about the same on a post on their Facebook page on Thursday. In the post they said impostors are offering coronavirus testing door-to-door.

However the American Red Cross does not provide coronavirus testing. If someone comes to your house claiming to be from the Red Cross, do not open the door and immediately call the police.

If you receive a text message from someone claiming to be a healthcare professional or with Red Cross who are selling or giving away health care supplies, like masks or testing kits, do not click on any links. It's not a legitimate offer.

Though we wish we could suspend criminal activity during the pandemi... c, we want to remind you that some criminals will prey upon others in these unprecedented times, when people are most vulnerable. Criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 outbreak in various ways, including impersonating Red Cross volunteers offering coronavirus testing door-to-door.

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The Kent County Sheriff's Office encourages people to remain vigilante and to report suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1 or 616-632-6357.

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