Scammers will take advantage of any situation and COVID-19 tests is no exceptions. With the demand for COVID-19 tests on the rise with the spread of the Omicron variant, cases increase as a result of the Omicron variant scammers have found a new way to capitalize.
If you’re like us, you keep wondering why scammers just don’t find an honest way to make a living. However, as long as there are individuals who will fall victim to their scams, they’ll never go straight, that’s why we share stories like this.
Scammers are using the scarcity of tests as an opportunity to gain access to personal information.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is alerting the public about scammers who are marketing fraudulent, unapproved COVID-19 antibody tests, potentially providing false results.
At the same time, the scammers are gathering dates of birth, social security numbers and personal health insurance information, which can be used in medical insurance or identity theft schemes.
How to Avoid the Scam
• Be sure to purchase FDA approved test kits. Check the FDA’s website (fda.gov) for an updated list of approved antibody tests and testing companies.
• Consult your primary care physician before undergoing any at-home antibody tests.
• Use a known laboratory approved by your health insurance company to provide the testing.
• Do not share your personal or health information to anyone other than trusted medical professionals.
• Check your medical bills and insurance explanation of benefits (EOBs) for any suspicious claims and report errors to your health insurance provider.
• If you make an appointment for a COVID-19 test online, make sure the location is an official testing site.