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Old 12-27-2020, 01:02 PM
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I apparently got a call from the Dept. of Health and Human services a few minutes ago. It went straight to my spam mail. They left a message that it's important they get in touch with me and left a local number.
What got me to call back is that I got a negative Covid test today andit got me wondering if it was really positive?
The number rang and rang then went to voice mail.
I looked up the number in google and couldn't find the exact number but the area code and first 3 numbers were from the DHHS site.

I don't know what to think! Now I'm worried the test was wrong. Please tell me you think it's just a scam.


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Old 12-27-2020, 01:13 PM
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It seems too coincidental to be a scam, but that doesn’t mean that your test results were initially wrong. Maybe they’re following up to make sure you know the timeline for a retest if necessary, or something along those lines.
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Old 12-27-2020, 01:13 PM
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Is it possible that your area is doing contact tracing?
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Old 12-27-2020, 01:15 PM
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You could keep calling it.
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Old 12-27-2020, 01:19 PM
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Possibly. As we always say here, “if it’s really important, they’ll call back.”

I would look up the actual phone number of the health department and call them directly.


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Old 12-27-2020, 01:23 PM
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I would look up the actual phone number of the health department and call them directly.
I agree with this. Anytime I get a call from someone that I'm not sure is legit, I look up the number of the person/place and call that.
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Reverse Phone look up
Old 12-27-2020, 01:27 PM
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I don't answer my phone if I don't recognize the number. If I'm curious about a given number I will do an online search, too. I know you said you looked up the number in Google, but I'm wondering if you went to specific 'reverse phone look-up'?

You may have already found your answer, but for what it's worth: I've realized that many of those sites ask you to wait as they 'search their files' through a variety of categories only to end up asking for a fee to reveal the information you want, which, of course, I decline.

The last time I looked up an unknown number, after going through several sites, I found this one to be most direct:
https://www.reversephonelookup.com/

Maybe it will give you more specific info. Good luck with your search!
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Old 12-27-2020, 01:45 PM
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Thank you for your advice. Risa, I tried that website and it asked for my name and email so I didn't continue.
I think I'll wait to see if they call back.
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Old 12-27-2020, 02:16 PM
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It could be a scam. I wouldn't call that number back. They can reach out by mail or call again.
If you want, call the DHHS and see if the number is legitimate.
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Old 12-27-2020, 02:20 PM
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I received such a call after being exposed to Covid by my in laws. I also tested negative for Covid. The department agent needed to inform me of the length of time I needed to quarantine. I had a hard time understanding the message left originally on my answering machine, but was able to get the phone number from my SIL, who was also exposed and called by the same agent.

I’m glad I was able to call back. The agent sent me an email verifying my quarantine period so I could share it with HR in my school district.

I do not think it is a scam.


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Old 12-27-2020, 02:27 PM
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I had a message similar to that in October. They did state that if I didn’t call back they would try again to reach me. I did call and the person who answered identified himself as part of the health department. When I identified myself, he asked if I had gotten the result of my test. I said I had and he basically said good and goodbye. Later, I thought I should have asked why they called. My son said it was definitely a contact tracer. Left me upset about trying to keep scheduled appointments because I had been to the doctor and dentist the week before.
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Old 12-27-2020, 03:54 PM
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I would look up the actual phone number of the health department and call them directly.
This is exactly what I would do. I would not call that number back again. Scammers can somehow make their number look like anything now, so the fact that some digits are the same doesn't mean it's legit. There have been tons of stories on the news here about scammers claiming to be "contact tracers."
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