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Scammers are using the COVID-19 pandemic to target people who might need medical or financial help, according to a warning issued Friday by Santa Clara police officials.

“From scammers selling fake COVID-19 cures and treatments to people posing as government officials offering COVID-19 stimulus checks — nothing seems to be off-limits,” police officials said in a news release.

Officials are urging people to keep up with the latest scams and to not respond to texts, emails or calls about stimulus checks or payments, even if they look like they are from government agencies.

Also, people should know that COVID-19 contract tracers only ask for health information and legitimate tracers don’t ask for money or personal financial information.

Unsolicited offers for vaccinations and “miracle treatments and cures” should be ignored, as should all robocalls, which pitch things like low-cost health insurance and work-from-home scams, officials said.

To stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 information, people should use legitimate sources and websites like www.coronavirus.gov and www.SantaClaraCA.gov/Coronavirus.