Pandemic rip-offs are continuing with new scam variants. A-A-R-P is reporting 601-thousand consumers have been victimized by scams related to COVID-19 and stimulus payments to the tune of 558-million dollars. 

Jessie Schmidt of the Better Business Bureau in Sioux Falls says a lot of them are coming through bogus text-messages.

Schmidt says if you haven’t given a company permission to text you, any text you receive from someone claiming to be from the company is a fraud.

Schmidt says also check the company’s real website or call them to see if it’s legitimate and keep your antivirus software up to date. Above all, don’t click on any suspicious looking link.