Watch Out For Scam Involving Fake COVID-19 Antibody Tests
The Better Business Bureau is warning people to be on the lookout for a scam that involves fake COVID-19 antibody tests.
The scam starts with either a robocall or an invitation to a website that looks like a random clinical or medical supply company claiming to have access to COVID-19 antibody tests that offer quick results. This may be in the form of a test they promise to mail to you, which they never will, or a test allegedly offered through a clinic.
Of course, you'll first need to fill out a form full of personal questions, including credit card information to pay for the test.
If you receive a call or e-mail offering such a test, here is what you should do to avoid being scammed:
- Reach out to your healthcare provider. They can help you figure out if the test will be covered by insurance and where to find a legitimate clinic. If you don't have a primary care physician, check out the official website of your local health department for more information on testing availability.
- Do research before buying. Scammers put pressure on people to buy or commit without giving them time to do further research. Before you agree to anything, search on BBB.org and Google to see they are BBB Accredited, have good reviews, and if there are complaints or scam reports associated with their business name.
- Understand your options. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has a detailed guide to testing for COVID-19. Understand the different tests available and what you need.
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