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BOCA RATON, FL ( — The reviews on the ‘net for a company called “Maximus” includes statements like this on

“Easy job with great pay. Truly the easiest money I’ve made in my life. If you can read scripts and have customer service skills, then the job is a breeze”

The job: working in a call center. And now, the company’s call centers have been retained by the State of Florida for “contact tracing,” one of the most important aspects of following the spread of COVID-19.

Here’s the thing. The call center has been labeled as “spam” by several mobile phone companies, so the calls may never get through.

Officials are sending out Tweets — and taking to other messaging — to make sure Floridians know that 833-917-2880 isn’t really spam, it’s likely a contact tracer — possibly alerting them that they’ve been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

“833-917-2880 is NOT spam,” wrote one local official. “It’s a vendor hired by FL DOH. They’ll confirm a last name and date of birth, then continue with the call.”

Yes, the State of Florida, with more daily infections than any other state, has hired a call center with a spam telephone number to ask you for your birthdate and last name.

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