Scammers Working To Take Advantage Of Those Who Want COVID-19 Testing

Barbara Schwarz
June 30, 2020 - 5:35 am

    You may be anxious to learn whether had COVID-19, and scammers could take advantage.

    Christina Garza with the FBI in Houston warns if you see an antibody ad online or in an unsolicited email, ignore it. She says you could likely end up paying for a fake test kit. 

    "Maybe it's free, but you are out of personal identifying information, such as your name, your date of birth, your social security number. Or even personal health information, including your health insurance information or Medicare information."  She says  hat will lead to identity theft, which is difficult to overcome."

    Garza says the bad guys know people are scared. "We know that we vulnerable because of this pandemic. These scammers are just preying on those vulnerabilities, those fears and they're finding ways to scam you.

    She says if you're interesting in antibody testing, go to FDA.gov, your primary care doctor or your health insurance company. 

    She says early on in the pandemic, the FBI came out with the same sort of warnings about Covid testing.