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Scammers posing as Red Cross volunteers

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Posted at 4:07 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 16:11:49-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Some people are "exploiting" the coronavirus outbreak by impersonating Red Cross volunteers and claiming to offer door-to-door testing.

The Red Cross does not provide coronavirus testing, according to the Kent County Sheriff's Office today.

"If someone comes to your residence claiming to be with Red Cross, do not open the door and notify the police immediately," the office said.

The Sheriff's Office also said people should not "click any links" in text messages from people claiming to be a health care professional or from the Red Cross -- and selling or giving away supplies, such as masks or testing kits.

They aren't legitimate offers.