Agency warns of fake COVID-19 texts being sent to truck drivers

Cross-border truckers beware — authorities have issued warning about scam text messages being sent to truck drivers.

The Canada Border Services Agency recently issued a warning about “fake” text messages sent to truckers that are purporting to be from the Government of Canada, according to the Canadian Trucking Alliance.

The text messages say that travelers returning to Canada from the U.S. are legally required to quarantine for 14 days.

The text message also orders recipients who are experiencing a cough, fever, or sore throat to contact the Canada Border Services Agency.

The text concludes with a fake bit.ly link.

The Canada Border Services Agency says that they are aware that commercial vehicle drivers are receiving the message. They say that the texts are not valid government communications and that truckers remain exempt from quarantine requirement because they are essential workers.