The BC Centre for Disease Control is warning that there have been reports of scam calls about monkeypox test results or exposures.
In a news release, the agency says there have been automated calls received by people in the province.
“Public health does not use automated messages to notify individuals of infections or possible exposures (i.e. case and contact tracing),” the BCCDC said in a news release. “You will never be asked to provide financial information during case and contact tracing.”
The BCCDC says if a person tests positive for a communicable disease like monkeypox, public health staff contacts the individual to follow-up. This work is done by public health staff in the regional health authorities and not by the Ministry of Health.
BCCDC asks people to be alert to the new scam, as well as any others that may include phishing emails, texts, and robocalls to steal personal and financial details.